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Vac

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Churches
Vác is a town in Pest county in Hungary with approximately 35,000 inhabitants. The archaic spelling of the name is Vácz.LocationVác is located 35km north of Budapest on the eastern bank of the Danube river, below the bend where the river changes course and flows south. The town is seated at the foot of the Naszály Mountain in the foothills of the Carpathians.Modern VácVác is a commercial center as well as a popular summer resort for citizens of Budapest. The cathedral, built 1761–1777, was modelled after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The episcopal palace houses a museum for Roman and medieval artifacts. The city is also known for its 18th-century arch of triumph and for its beautiful baroque city center.HistorySettlement in Vác dating as far back as the Roman Empire has been found.Bishops from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Vác were influential within the Kingdom of Hungary, with many serving as chancellors or later becoming archbishops.On 17 March 1241, due to the attack of Mongols the whole population was slaughtered, Vác ceased to exist and Mongols set up camp there. After the departure of the Mongols Vác was rebuilt and inhabited by German colonists.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.
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Tragor Ignac Museum - Memento Mori Exhibition ©
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Tragor Ignac Museum - Memento Mori Exhibition
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Vác Cathedral ©
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Vác Cathedral
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Duration: 30 minutes
Triumphal Arch ©
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Triumphal Arch
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Duration: 30 minutes
City Hall
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City Hall
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Lazar Equestrian Park Domony
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Holloko Var
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Holloko Var Holloko
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Hungaroring ©
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Vaci Fegyhaz ©
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Vaci Fegyhaz
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Duration: 30 minutes
Tragor Ignac Museum - Greek Church ©
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Tragor Ignac Museum - Greek Church
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Duration: 30 minutes
Bishop's Palace ©
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Bishop's Palace
3.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Seven Chapels
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Seven Chapels
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Vac

Medieval Cellar Exhibition Hall
Specialty Museum
Medieval Cellar Exhibition Hall
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Tragor Ignac Museum - Crypt of St. Michael’s Church
Specialty Museum
Tragor Ignac Museum - Crypt of St. Michael’s Church
3.3
Duration: 30 minutes
Art Collections of Vac / Pannonia House
Art Museum
Art Collections of Vac / Pannonia House
2.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Modern Art Collection
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Modern Art Collection
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Vac

The Franciscan Church and Friary
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The Franciscan Church and Friary
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes