Váci Castle

Váci Castle - photo: Péter Szulmann

Photo: Péter Szulmann

2600 Vác, Géza király tér 1.

From the other side, the church tower can be seen from afar on the high ground where the Váci Castle once stood. 

The choice of location is already legendary, as it is believed that László and Prince Géza were pondering strategy on the eve of the battle with Solomon, when an angel appeared to László who predicted the victory of the battle the next day. Geza made a vow, if it was fulfilled, he would build a church in this place. This was the case, and later King Géza I was buried in the crypt of the church according to the custom of the time. 

However, the turbulent periods of history did not spare Vác either. At first, the temple was destroyed as a result of the Tatar invasion. It was rebuilt by our later kings, so much so that in the XV century it was referred to as a humanist citadel under Bishop Miklós Bátori. Bishop Báthori was the uncle of King Matthias, the king enjoyed spending time in our city. Báthory the church and palace were rebuilt according to the most modern style of the time. After Buda and Visegrád, the castle of Vác was the most wonderful place of the Renaissance period. 

Almost nothing has survived from the castle, however, some of its interiors can still be admired today. The carved stone railings (balustics) and 2 coats of arms of wood carvings can be found in the original in today's cathedral. Other treasures can be found in the Ignatius Tragor Museum, the Diocesan Collection, and the Franciscan Church

After the Turkish era, almost nothing reminded me of the former wealth and splendor. The church you can see today is the church of the Franciscan Order, and the monastery building next to it is now a Piarist lookout center, which is a Career Guidance Methodological Center. In addition to the new building, it is exciting to see archaeologists still working today, extracting medieval kitches from the excavations next to the building. 

Looking up from the banks of the Danube, you can see an original city wall detail with a statue of King Géza I on it (created by János Blaskó Jr.) If you are in Vác, it is definitely worth going around and sucking in the atmosphere of the historical part of the city. 

Photo: László Wachtler