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Roman Catholic church of St James the Apostle (Szent Jakab apostol), Lebeny

Built from 1199 to 1212 this Romanesque church still preserves its original early 13th-century shape. Most of the current ornamentations and of the furnishings, however, date from a 19th-century refurbishment.
The three-nave basilican church captivates by its monumental walls made from painstakingly dressed ashlars and structured by narrow arched windows and slim wall columns. Only the towers and the apses are decorated with arcading ledges, somewhat resolving the strict geometric order.
The notion of ornamentation is focused upon the porch with its tiered archivolts rupturing the thick walls.
The same spirit governing the facade also pervades the interior. The vestibule above which is the gallery, as well as the naves and the apses of the sanctuary singled out by the triumphal arch are all connected by a light, transparent order.
The Jesuits refurbished the Romanesque church in 1638, and Nuremberg architect August Essenwein lead out in its renovation lasting from 1872 to 1879.


The town's most prominent sight is the 13th-century church which preserves its original character to this day.
Today only the church standing on the village square remains from a monastery built by the Benedictines. Situated next to the military road the settlement has suffered much in times of war. In 1529 for instance it was burnt to the ground by the Turkish previous to their assault of Vienna, again in 1683, and in 1841 a serious fire raged there causing great destruction.
On the outskirts of Lébény towards the White Lake (Fehér-tó) the so-called 'Spring Lakes' (forrástavak) can be found, a series of natural ponds. Alongside their edge a camping site is available.
How to get there:
By public transport, the settlement is served by buses from Győr. The town shares a railway station with neighbouring Mosonszentmiklós, which is served by railway from Győr and Hegyeshalom. By car take the M1 motorway or Route 1. (Source: Vendégváró)

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Additional Photos by George Rumpler (Budapestman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 8900 W: 3 N: 20435] (82620)
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