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Vác, cathedral

Baroque statue of St Joseph.

The golden age of Vác is connected to the time of Bishop Kristóf Migazzi (1756-57 and 1762-1786). The most significant historic building of Vác, the Cathedral, was built between 1761-1771, in which architectural elements of classicism blend with the late baroque style.


Settlement in Vác dating as far back as the Roman Empire has been found.

Bishops from the diocese were influential within the Kingdom of Hungary, with many serving as chancellors or later becoming archbishops.

The town was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1541. During the Habsburg Monarchy's wars against the Ottomans, the Austrians won victories against the Turks at Vác in 1597 and in 1684.

During the Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence of 1848-49, the Honvédség routed the Austrian forces stationed in the city after a major battle (April 10, 1849); the Second Battle of Vác ended in Russian victory (July 17).


Szent József, barokk spiáter szobor.

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Taken on June 2, 2012