Kalocsa

Kalocsa is a one thousand year old picturesque little town. It lies along the Danube 120 kilometers south of Budapest . Kalocsa is the Episcopal see of one of the four archbishops of Hungary. Amongst its buildings are a fine cathedral, the archiepiscopal palace, an astronomical observatory, a seminary for priests, and colleges for training of male and female teachers.

Its magnificent baroque monuments, its flourishing folk art and its Red Gold, Hungarian red paprika, are well-known all over the world.

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Kalocsa may be approached from any direction. You know you are close when you first catch sight of cathedral with the two towers. This monumental church was built between the years 1735 and 1754. It is the most prominent of all the other baroque buildings in the dramatic Holy Trinity Square . The stuccos of the church, the two marvelous reliefs by Miklos Izso, and the famous organ of the firm Angster of Pecs arouse the interest of many visitors. From time to time, skilled musicians play the organ with its three keyboards and more than four thousand pipes.

The library of the Archbishop’s Castle is a treasury of universal culture. Compendium Medicinae by Langfrancus, a Parisian physician, Martin Luthers bible, bearing the autograph of Luther himself, the Beard-Codex by Beck Konrad, the Singalesian Bible written on palm leaves these are only a few samples of the librarys treasures. The ceremonial hall of the library is also worth seeing. Its walls are covered with Maulbretsch-frescos. The magnificent gilt bindings of the volumes were made by the Viennese family of book-binders.

The main street of the town, beginning at the Holy Trinity Square, is named after St. Stephen. Like the square, it has a baroque character. Here one can see the building of the former seminary which now is the site for Pal Tomori College . The Karoly Visky Museum is also located on this street. This Museum displays a rich collection of peasant craft products. Through these objects we may get an insight into traditional culture of the ancient inhabitants of Kalocsa and its surrounding environments called Great Kalocsa.

The colorful flowers in the fields, the golden-yellow color of the sun, the dark green of the forests – these are the colors and motives of Kalocsa’s folk art which is growing richer and richer by the work of skillful artists.

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