Benedictine Abbey and Museum (Bences Apatsag), Tihany

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Visit one the oldest historical monuments in Hungary at Benedictine Abbey and Museum (Bences Apatsag). The abbey was founded in the 11th century by King Andrew I. You can visit his tomb in the monastery's crypt--it's the only resting place of a medieval Hungarian monarch still preserved in its original condition. You can also view a copy of the abbey's founding charter that contains the oldest written example of the Hungarian language. Admire the Baroque architecture of the church, see the display of historical artifacts in the friary, and take in panoramic views of Lake Balaton and the surrounding countryside. The visitor center shows a film about the history of the abbey and includes a shop where you can buy souvenirs. By using our Tihany vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Benedictine Abbey and Museum (Bences Apatsag) and other attractions in Tihany.
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  • In the crypt, the only Hungarian king (of the 55) whose tomb is still in situ - Andrew the 1st, in the Abbey he founded in 1055. Gorgeous views around.  more »
  • Several times I have been here, but now it is one of the great, objective and kiállítóhelyen very interesting movie I have seen in the Hungarian Holy Checker.
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  • We went up the hill just before Sunset and what an amazing view near are shops make sure to try the lavender Ice cream it's really refreshing on hot evening.  more »
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  • Unbelievable view on Balaton. There are lot of shops around. You can buy some souvenirs there. One of the best place I have ever visited in Hungary.
  • Amazing place, spectacular view on the lake Balaton and its surroundings, nice manufactured goods in the stalls as well. The church/abbey is not worth the entry fee (nice but just as any other).
  • We spent a fabulous evening here, met some of the monks, had great food, heard about the local cultural norms and had a taste of the local wines and beers. Also, music was played all afternoon (not only classicals, but also jazz). It was truly an amazing experience, I would come back again any day.
  • Great views on the Balaton lake from here
  • It is a great place to visit especially in the summer or spring but the midnight mass on 24th of december is also nice event. The view from the top of hill where the abbey is located is spectacular and the surroundings are also worth a visit.

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