After careful evaluation, the scientific committee of the Swiss Tourism Awards then selected the city of Szekesfehervar and awarded the prize:

“Medieval city representative of elegance and nobility”

Known as the City of Kings, Szekesfehervar, Hungary’s oldest city, has seen as many as thirty-seven rulers crowned in its basilica and 15 were buried there. In the Garden of Ruins we find what remains of the 11th-century basilica and royal chapels. Its present Cathedral dedicated to St. Stephen dates back to the 1400s but was remodeled in the 1700s in the Baroque style; not far away dating from the same period is the Chapel of St. Anne.

Two squares in the historic center of Szekesfehervar are characteristic: Vaaroshaz ter and Koronazo ter, in the former there is a Broken Bell dedicated to World War victims and in the latter the Orzsagalma, meaning National Apple, dedicated to King Stephen.

A popular tourist destination is the pharmacy the Black Eagle founded by Benedictine monks and furnished with Rococo furniture.
The István Csòk Gallery displays an interesting collection of Hungarian art from the 1700s-1800s, and the King Stephen Museum holds terracottas from the Roman period and other artifacts related to the history of the town of Szekesfehervar, which for its atmosphere and style was awarded the Swiss Tourist Award as “Representative of the Medieval Town of Elegance and Nobility.”

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Székesfehérvár, Hungary

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