Szentendre is known as the town of living art due to its artist colony of international renown, and its museums and galleries. With its well preserved, distinctive 18th-century townscape, the town centre is a group of heritage buildings unique in Hungary.
In the beginning of the 2nd century the Romans built a defence system in and around Szentendre. Their reinforced military camp was called Ulcisa Castra, the first known name of the town. Later the town was called after the patron saint of the parish church, the apostle St Andrew (Szent Endre).
Recent decades have seen major changes in the life of Szentendre as a result of the rapidly growing tourism industry, thanks to the historical atmosphere of the town's streets, its art life, as well as the Hungarian Open-Air Museum (Szentendrei Szabadtéri Néprajzi Múzeum, Skanzen) which visualises rural life in Hungary.
Szentendre was awarded the Hild Medal in 1980 in recognition of its successes in town development and in preserving its traditions.
Populated for well over a millennium, under the Romans it was called Ulcisia Castra, meaning "Wolf Castle". Since the 1500s it was considered the center of the Hungarian Serb community. At one point it had as many as eight Serbian Orthodox church buildings and 3 chapels, and only one each Roman-Catholic and Evangelical. It is still the see of the Buda Diocese of the Serb Orthodox Church. Szentendre and the surrounding villages were also inhabited by Bulgarians ever since the Middle Ages. In 1690, the Serbian teacher and hegumen Stevan notes that Szentendre was even called Bolgarija by some. It had a Bulgarian neighbourhood of settlers from Chiprovtsi and a Chiprovtsi church. The names of locals clearly hint at a Bulgarian population.
In the 1700s, after liberation from the Turks, Szentendre enjoyed a rebirth with Mediterranean leanings, as Serbian, Croatian, Slovak, German and Greek newcomers moved in and lived alongside the Magyar inhabitants. According to the 1720 data, 88% of the population of the town were South Slavs (mostly Serbs, but also some South Slavic Catholics). The town to this day is characterised by a south European atmosphere with much baroque architecture, churches of various faiths, narrow sidestreets, and cobblestone roads.
Szentendre has been the home of many generations of Hungarian artists since early 20th century. There are many museums and contemporary galleries representing the rich traditions of the visual art.
How to get there:
Szentendre lies to the north of Budapest and can be reached by suburban railway (HÉV), and by local Volán bus lines to Szentendre or through to Esztergom. By car take Route 11. (Source: Vendégváró & wikipedia)
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npecanhuk (71976) 2010-06-03 2:34
What a lovely, pleasant and attractive street life, urban and architecture photograph!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, dof, colors, horizontal & rectangular format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congratulations!
fayeulle (27827) 2010-06-03 2:40
Very pleasant mood for this shot with a shiny weather.
I would like to visit this place.
snunney (92440) 2010-06-03 3:01
A fine perspective down this lively street with the church tower making a lovely focal point. I remember having a lunch in a restaurant down that street six or seven years ago, very pleasant. Light, colours and sharpness are all very good.
serp2000 (42480) 2010-06-03 3:07
Good title and fine picture, Gyorgy,
Good presentation is Szentendre.
I like this atmosphere, marvelous com
position, nice colours.
JFS (32459) 2010-06-03 3:21
George, I had not seen before any small village in Hungary, now, and thanks to you, I have seen the lovely architecture of Szentendre and can say that i like it. Thanks.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-06-03 3:22
Place name sounds like "to hear" in french... good and animated street perspective that delivers a luminous impression
Have a nice day JY
dta (72937) 2010-06-03 3:25
Hello George ,
A splendid composition ! I like e lot the perspective on the paved street , towards the elegant church tower . An intersting town , no doubt .
asajernigan (21427) 2010-06-03 3:42
This is a nice capture of this fine architecture. The people add a sense of scale for the shot. The lighting and colors are fine as is the photo's sharpness.
Loic_bzh (7646) 2010-06-03 3:45
nice sunny view of this chirch and this living street...
francio64 (39784) 2010-06-03 4:37
bella scena di vita quotidiana, ricca di colore e di movimento.
Ottimi lo sharp e il DOF.
Sergiom (70492) 2010-06-03 4:44
Trčs belle petite rue piétonničre. Les gens semblent apprécier leur passage. Le clocher en arričre plan se détache bien sur fond de ciel bleu.
dip (23888) 2010-06-03 4:50
beautiful image of daily life with excellent lighting,sharpness and POV!
also very well composed,
jjcordier (79289) 2010-06-03 4:58
Une composition lumineuse, colorée sans défaut comme tu sais si bien les réussir. Superbe image!
csabagaba (6630) 2010-06-03 6:03
Ezt az utcaképet ismerem, igaz vagy 10 éve nem jártam erre. A bal oldalon volt egy nagyon csiricsáré népművészetis, műparaszt" túristabolondítós szőttes-himzes-Miskakancsós-fütyülős barackos-lengőfehérgatyás.betyárfokosos bolt. Borzasztó volt az utcára kipakolva. Viszont a képpel totálisan megfogtad az utca hangulatát. Van itt valahol egy nagyon jó családi étterem, ahol a tetőtérben van az etető. Ott jókat lehetett enni.
Már megint esik... remélem felétek nem. Szép hétvégét, mi megyünk ma pestszinház, aztán holnap megint Pest Stargarden fesztivál, nem tudom mikor leszek.
Jó ez a kismélymagyar sorozatod. Még, még...
vasilpro (41187) 2010-06-03 9:29
Wonderful daily life composition, beautiful street scene full of life, excellent light management, very good POV and DOF, lovely bright colors.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-06-03 9:34
With good light one can make only one good photograph. The composition is simple and effective. I like the naturalness of the visitors. Beautiful and good work. Cheer
Have a nice day
faletiz (10759) 2010-06-03 10:53
a splendid view of beautiful colors and great sharpness. I really like the bell tower that soars into the sky bright.
Silvio1953 (133654) 2010-06-03 14:08
Ciao George, great view of lovely place, beautiful animated composition, splendid perspective, wonderful light and splendid colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
ifege (10367) 2010-06-03 16:40
A beautiful shot George
I especially love the leaning wall on the left (it isn't lens distortion!). Pity you couldn't move the left hand planter box as it gets in the way a little.
John_F_Kennedy (43553) 2010-06-03 22:53
Splendid composition with wonderful perspective. I like the view to the village street with the sunny colours. Well done.
ikeharel (65121) 2010-06-03 23:11
I think near this corner to the right is the famouse Marzipan-shop visited by all tourists in this lovely town, and further up the street is one beautiful Swarovsky-gem store.
Great tourist attraction.
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-06-03 23:29
Fine daily life picture
I like your POV and atmosphere
Szentendre looks a peaceful town, nice light and weather
Have a nice weekend
Graal (101086) 2010-06-03 23:34
Jó napot George,
an interesting informations about Szentendre. Nice presentation of town. Fine light and colours. Beautiful tower of church. Well done photo.
Have a nice day.
bema (26407) 2010-06-04 1:16
another fine capture of daily life combinated with architectural sights.., perfect sharpness and clarity..
have a nice weekend, greetings Bernd
Fante (5429) 2010-06-04 23:16
excelent street photo. Great DOF. Very dynamic photo with many details which show typical daily life in Szentendre. Excelent sharpness and nice colors. Bravo
ines8 (6112) 2010-06-05 7:34
Beautiful view, dear George,very nice POV, pleasant atmosphere.
Leconte (5795) 2010-06-05 16:45
beautiful architecture and beautiful stage of life, beautiful light,
kordinator (20335) 2010-06-06 0:16
This photo of me at first glance asocirala Novi Sad.
Beautiful composition oiled streets are full of pleasant people.
Amazing church in the background
Beautiful colors and pleasant light.
Thanks for sharing, the work is excellent.
Bisou (55) 2012-10-21 21:23
I'm from here. This photo makes me feel homesick. It must have been taken in November or December. Very nice.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-03-30
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-06-03 2:24