Catholic Shrines and Places of Interest in Hungary
Hungary has a long Catholic history dating back to the year 895 AD, when the country was formed from a federation of tribes. One of the most advanced rulers of Hungary….and all of Europe……was Saint Stephen, who ruled between 1000-1038 A.D. His reign was marked by great devotion to God and to ruling his Kingdom with justice. The impact of his life upon the country cannot be under-estimated. He decreed that every 10th town in the kingdom should have a church and during his reign he built many monasteries and churches. In addition he placed his whole kingdom under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Since his reign, of course, most of the country has been ravaged not only by the Ottoman Turks, but the two world wars of the 20th century, and also by the oppressive rule of Communism. Yet, the Church in Hungary has survived all this.
Now, the country has begun to be one of Eastern Europe’s more popular tourist destinations. Unspoiled and not over-run with tourists, it draws increasing numbers of visitors each year.
And many sites of interest to Catholics are open to pilgrims and tourists.
Among the many sites of interest in Hungary are the following:
Budapest: Cathedral of Saint Stephen; Our Lady of Remete (Budapest suburbs)
Cathedral of Esztergom
Gyor: Cathedral of Gyor and Miraculous Image of Our Lady