Length of the tour: can be done within 1‐2 hours leisurely
Area of the tour: ﬂat surface without uphill/ascendant parts, can be done even with prams
Arriving at Szentendre HÉV (suburban train) station you will catch a glimpse of the BKV Museum of Urban Public Transport oﬀering you a unique experience. One of the former carriage houses built in 1914 was transformed for the purposes of the public transport museum. In the exhibition hall you can get to know the history of the public transport of Budapest and other cities in the country as well as have a closer look at the unique collec‐ tion of trams, suburban railway trains and other mechanic vehicles.
Walking across the subway from the suburban train station to the direction of the city centre you will stroll along Kossuth Lajos utca (Kossuth Lajos Street) to the left of which you will see the Saint Florian Chapel at the corner of Római Sánc köz (Római Sánc Alley). The chapel was erected in 1750 as a sign of thankfulness since it was this very spot where they managed to subdue a great ﬁre.
Further towards Fő tér (Main Square) you are well advised to stop a few times and look at the beautiful gates on the street or peep into the vestibule of the pension under No. 16 where they discovered some remains of a Roman public bath in the 70’s during a roadwork and preserved these during the renovation of the building. Not far from here you will ﬁnd the Pajor‐County House
(No.5 Kossuth Lajos Street) which used to enchant the visitors with its romantic garden. The renovation of the building started in 2011 and now it serves as a home of the Ferenczy Museum. Looking ahead from the gate of the building you will already see the picturesque and unique cityscape of Szentendre as a whole with its church towers and 18‐19th century streets.
The newly set‐up permanent exhibition of the Ferenczy family titled “Modern Masters of a Golden Age” can be visited in the modern inner areas of the building. Some new permanent exhibitions were also opened: a choice of collection of the “Eights” founding the Old Artist Colony in 1926, and an exhibition called “Works and Artists in Szentendre” depicting the works of artists independent from the colony, of those moving to the New Artist Colony in 1969 and some other members of the Vajda Lajos Studio representing the rebellious, post‐avant‐garde movements of the 70’s.
Walking on to the direction of the city centre it is worth stopping for a few moments beside the Baroque Pozsarevacka Church ‐ consecrated to the archangels Saint Michael and Gabriel ‐ founded by the Serb refugees who ﬂed here in 1690. The single‐naved, East‐to‐West orientated Pozarevacka church consists of three vaulted ﬁelds and the connecting domed altar built in line with the rules of the Ortho‐ dox Church. The most important part of the church, the oldest iconostas (wall of icons) of Szentendre is of outstanding value.
Tipp! Look for the tablets on the outer wall and the fence of the building showing the levels of the two highest ﬂoods in the 19th century.
Crossing the bridge over Bükkös stream you will arrive at the main walking street of Szentendre named after Jenő Dumtsa in 1897 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his being mayor of the town. He played a determining role in the civilisation of the town and it was also him who urged the building of the suburban train. He had lived under No. 20 in this street for 79 years; a tablet on the wall of the house reminds us of the fact.
In this street you will ﬁnd the very popular Szamos patisserie and museum where you will get to know the ﬁnesse of confectionery and marzipan production, what’s more you can admire well‐known buildings, people, artfully decorated wedding cakes and even cartoon ﬁgures – all made of marzipan. A little further ahead the tablet on the house No. 5 reminds you that the famous Serb author Jakov Ignatovity, was born there.
Across the street you can ﬁnd the Barcsay Collection. The art of Jenő Barcsay is not only a concept of its own in Szentendre but also in the 20th century history of art: he was the founder of the Hungarian constructivist painting. In the halls of the exhibition opened in 1978 there is a wonderful collection depicting the life and art of the artist as a whole.
“I lived in Szentendre and created my way of painting in Szentendre, I created what it was worth fighting and living for. In things that can be seen in Szentendre, in the phenomenon that can be seen in nature there is life and art. The shapes, colours, contours that can be perceived by artists are all alive here.” (Jenő Barcsay)
After leaving the museum take a detour and walk down on Péter‐Pál utca (Péter‐ Pál Street) to the Ciprovachka – today Péter‐Pál Church, which is the biggest church in Szentendre built in 1753 originally as an Orthodox church. The late Baroque building consecrated to Péter‐Pál (Peter‐Paul) in 1796 went over to the possession of the Roman Catholic Church in the 20th century after the continuous migration of the Serbian population back to Serbia.
Its inner setup is very simple: the walls are white, there are no frescos, it is decorated by reliefs depicting the stations of the Calvary and the lives of the apostles, Peter and Paul, made by Róbert Csíkszent‐ mihályi, famous Hungarian contemporary sculptor living in Szentendre, as well as the Cruciﬁxion of Jesus Christ by Kisléghi Nagy Ádám. The youngest work of art belonging to the church is the statue of John Paul II. made by Ervin Páljános.
From the little square in front of the church, via the alleyway Török köz (Török Alley) you will only need to make a few steps to get to the well‐known Fő tér (Main Square) of Szentendre familiar from all the postcards and pictures, where every house has a history of its own.