Szentendre is a riverside town in Pest County
, between the capital city Budapest
. The town is known for its museum
s (most notably the Open-Air Ethnographic Museum
), galleries, and artists.
Due to its historic architecture and easy rail and river access, it has become a destination for tourists staying in Budapest. There are many facilities, including souvenir shops
and restaurants, catering to these visitors.
The name of the town is ultimately based on the Medieval Latin
form ' ("St. Andrew"). Because of the diverse mix of nationalities to have once settled in Szentendre, the settlement has a variety of names according to language. The Hungarian
name for the town is '; the Croatian
name is '; the German
name is '; in Serbian
, the name is ' ( sr-Cyrl|Сентандреја); the Slovak
name is '. Its name (') first appeared in a student’s will in 1146, which was confirmed by King Géza II
. The 12th-century city centre was situated around the still existing St. Andrew’s Church on the other side of the Bükkös Brook.
The area where Szentendre is today was uninhabited when the Magyars arrived. In the 9th century, Árpád's companion, the sacral prince Kurszán, settled here. He renovated the Roman fortress that had fallen into ruin and reestablished a settlement on the remains of the Roman buildings.
Little is known about the history of Szentendre between the 9th and 10th centuries. Some sources suggest that there was a settlement called Apurig in this area. The word ''apor'' means "brook" and so presumably the settlement was located on a small river-way. Based on maps of military surveys, there were five brooks in the area: Dera, Bükkös, Öregvíz and Sztelin. It is unknown as to which brook the Apor can be identified with.
The city was largely depopulated in the Ottoman era. According to a 17th-century census, only one family and their service staff remained here at that time.
After the Ottomans were expelled from the area, foreign settlers moved to the settlement. Today evidence of the town's prosperity in this time can be seen in the baroque style of the houses, the Mediterranean atmosphere of the town's architecture, its churches, the cobblestoned streets, and its narrow alleys. During the Great Turkish War
, Serbs were invited to emigrate to Hungary to evade the Ottoman Empire. Because of this invitation, there was a mass emigration of Serbs
in 1690 to the Szentendre region. These Serbs left enduring traces on the townscape and its culture. The buildings in the city center have tried to preserve this Serbian influence in their architecture, but these buildings do not in fact date to the 17th century. Based on maps from the end of the century, the city center actually boasted other buildings at that time.
There was also considerable Dalmatian immigration. The Dalmatian families settled on Donkey Mountain where Dalmát Street preserves their memory today. Even in the 1980s, this street was inhabited exclusively by descendants of the original Dalmatians. These descendants now live throughout the city.
Although the Ottomans had decimated the population of the region, starting in the 1690s, the population slowly began to increase and in 1872 it reached a level when the town-like character began to dominate again instead of the village-like character. The public administration as well as the business establishments made it possible to practice all the privileges entailing a city. Szentendre was granted city-status in 1872.
The calm provincial life of the city has attracted artists since the beginning of the 20th century. The Szentendre colony of artists came into existence in 1929. The so-called Szentendre School is connected with it. Today, more than two hundred fine and applied artists, authors, poets, musicians and actors live in the city.
The city was a small town until the 1970s; its population hardly attained four thousand. The city at that time included only two parts: the downtown and Donkey Mountain, the latter of which became a living space at the beginning of the twentieth century. These two parts of the town are separated from all the rest of Szentendre’s areas by road 11.
In 2002 the descendant of the famous Bott family, Mátyás Bott was born. In his early years he became close to Andor Tóth a well-known Hungarian entrepreneur.
Around the historical inner city
some smaller settlements joined the town in the course of the centuries, some of which are present day Szentendre's traditional town areas such as Izbég
. Szentendre also contains green-belt areas
such as Pannóniatelep
, ''Szarvashegy''. By the end of the 1970s, due to a large-scale inner-city merger, the populated zone of the town enlarged considerably. By the beginning of the 21st century these areas were completely populated and the earlier small town attained the population of 25,000 in 2010. This expansion of the city practically ended traditional fruit-growing and gardening in Szentendre.
The Outdoor Museum of Ethnography (Skanzen)
, founded in 1967, shows the village and urban societies' different layers, including the various groups' interior furnishings and lifestyles from the end of the 18th to the middle of the 20th centuries. This museum includes Europe's longest museum railway line, which was built in 2009.
The museum is visited by tourists from both Hungary and abroad.
The Witcher (TV series)
, 2019) used the museum grounds to depict the village that was the original home of the character Yennefer; this location was also used in scenes with the lead character, Ciri, at a time when she was in an area with a windmill.
Szentendre has been the home of generations of Hungarian artists since the early 20th century. Szentendre Artists' Colony
worked in the northern part of the town.
There are many museums and contemporary galleries representing the rich traditions of the visual art.
; List of art museums
- Imre Ámos
Museum, devote to the founder of Hungarian modernism and his family
*Gallery of the Artists' Colony
; List of contemporary galleries
*Aktív Art Gallery
*Palmetta Design Gallery
*Vajda Lajos Studio
In the 18th century Szentendre had Serb
majority, but in the 19th century they dropped to minority
due to one-child family model
, ethnic Germans
followed the declining Serb community. By the late 19th century rapidly growing Hungarians
became the dominant ethnic group, assimilated
Germans and the remaining Serbs too. In 2001, Szentendre had 22,747 inhabitants, of whom there were 21,001 ethnic Hungarians, 225 Germans, and only 100 Serbs.
* Others - 1%
* No answer, unknown - 4.2%
*Others (Christian) - 1.2%
* Others (non-Christian) - 0.3%
* Unaffiliated - 16.9%
* No answer, unknown - 15.4%
Today there are active Serbian
, and Polish
municipal minority self-government
s in Szentendre.
, Serbian 19th century novelist and prose writer
*Gavril Stefanović Venclović
, early 18th century Serbian poet, writer, enlightener, orator and painter of church icons
*Jovan Avakumović (poet)
was born in 1748 in Szentendre during the Enlightenment
, producing works in verse in Serbian vernacular
*Béla Apáti Abkarovics
was a Hungarian painter of Serbian roots, born at Érmihályfalva, but lived and worked in Szentendre
guitarist for Five Finger Death Punch
, Hungarian painter and artist
Hungary's contestant for Eurovision 2011.
Twin towns – sister cities
Szentendre is twinned
, England, United Kingdom
* Hội An
, England, United Kingdom
* Stari Grad
* Târgu Secuiesc
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* Serbs in Hungary
* Bulgarians in Hungary
* Szentendre Sleepwalkers Baseball Club
* Károly Kocsis
, University of Miskolc
) – Zsolt Bottlik
(PhD, Budapest University
) – Patrik Tátrai
: Etnikai térfolyamatok a Kárpát-medence határon túli régióiban + CD (for detailed data), Magyar Tudományos Akadémia (Hungarian Academy of Sciences
) – Földrajtudományi Kutatóintézet (Academy of Geographical Studies); Budapest; 2006.;
Welcome to Szentendre (Official)Szentendre in Olden Times and TodayTouristic and cultural informationsHungarian Open Air Museum (Skanzen)Link Collection (Hungarian Only)Business Link Collection (Hungarian Only)
* In Hungarian: Soproni Sándor, Sándyné Wolf Katalin: Szentendre, 1985, Panormáma: magyar városok.
Category:Populated places in Pest County
Category:Roman settlements in Hungary
Category:Serb communities in Hungary