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Orthodox cathedral (Beográda ortodox székesegyház), Szentendre

The Orthodox cathedral, known as Beograda or the Church of Belgrade, is the spiritual centre of local Serbian-Orthodox life. This Baroque church was erected between 1756 and 1764, and its Baroque- and Rococo-style interior is of great value.

Visitors enter the enclosed church garden through a Rococo-style, fine wrought iron doorway (1772); both the cathedral and the bishop's palace are situated within.
In this Hungarian Baroque cathedral with one tower, there are several items of outstanding artistic value. These include a large icon dating from 1777-81, the gilded pulpit carved of lime wood and the canopied bishop's throne. The carved doors and the bevelled chandelier are also remarkable.
The choir is supported by Dorian columns of red marble; the women's section is underneath, while the Gents' section is in the central nave.
The tomb of Tihamér Vujisics, a composer who died tragically, is in the church garden. The church can be visited upon prior arrangement.

Szentendre

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.(Source:Vendégváró)

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