Photographer's Note

I would like to dedicate this photo to Mrton Ocskay (ocskaymarci. Vc is his loved hometown.


One of the most attractive Hungarian Baroque cities boasts a past dating back to the Bronze Age. It has been a centre of Catholic faith and a diocesan town for centuries.
The foundation of the diocese of Vc is unanimously attributed by historians to the first Hungarian king, St Stephen I. The completion of the bishop's cathedral is also associated with Gza I and, according to this monarch's wishes he was burried here. The interior decoration of the cathedral dates from the time of King St Ladislaus (Lszl). The cathedral stands next to the bishop's palace together with the canon homes and a military barrack on what is today called King Gza Square (Gza kirly tr). The historic central area of Vc developed in the early 18th century when the once segregated German and Hungarian districts began to merge with one another while maintaining the original medieval town plan. Today the city is the cultural and commercial centre of the left bank of the Danube bend and the most visited tourist destination.

March 15th Square (Mrcius 15. tr)

It has been the city centre since the Middle Ages. During the 18th century some of the most impressive Baroque public buildings and private homes were built on this virtually triangular square. There is a cellar complex under the square which dates back to the Middle Ages.
Some of the most prominent Baroque buildings located on the square are: Hospital and Chapel of the Hospitaller Order (Irgalmas Rend), Town Hall (vroshza), Greek Orthodox Church (grg templom), Dominican Church (Fehrek temploma) and the former Dominican Monastery (domonkos rendhz), the former Hotel Kria, the National Institute for the Deaf and Mute (Siketnmk Intzete), and the Palace of the Grand Prepost (Nagyprposti Palota), which is also home to the Diocesan Museum of Vc (Egyhzmegyei Mzeum).

Dominican church of Our Lady of Victory (Fehrek temploma)

The vernacular name of this Baroque-style church, Church of the Whites (Fehrek temploma) refers to the colour of the robes of Dominican friars. Its construction was delayed from 1699 to 1755 due to the Rkczi Freedom Fight. The Rococo furnishing inside were created between 1760 and 1770.
The single nave Baroque church with its unassuming exterior well blends into the main square's atmosphere and is contrasted by the interior's Rococo ornamentation.
Of singular significance are burial finds from Baroque times, recently unearthed in the crypt of the church. These finds are exhibited in one of the cellars of the square.

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