Photographer's Note

The Roman Catholic church of Our Lady of Carmel or Carmelite church & The Rába bridge

The Rába river provided natural protection for Győr's old town through centuries. In today several bridges connect the suburb to the old quarter, the Rába bridge is visible on the picture, the Carmelite church in the background.

Roman Catholic church of Our Lady of Carmel, Carmelite, Győr

Designed by Martin Witwer and built between 1713 and 1725, this church is one of the most beautiful Baroque edifices in the city, thanks to its interesting ground plan with its unusually sited steeple and the carefully elaborated facade.
The masters constructing the church dedicated to Our Lady of Carmel (Kármelhegyi Boldogasszony) created a successful blend of Italian lightness and Austrian affluence. Martin Wittwer had already designed a number of churches in Austrian towns, establishing a true 'Danubian school' of architecture. Behind the splendid facade inspired by Il Gesu, the Italian style of its statue niches, statues, and ledges the artwork of masters educated in the Western school can be appreciated.
From the inside, the cupola placed upon the elliptic plan walls was painted only in 1908. The side altars placed into the side niches, however, were achieved between 1721 and 1725 based on Wittwer's plans.
All that typifies Baroque can be enjoyed here: gilt glamour, dramatic movement, a cavalcade of colour, and chubby angels. From the inside, pass the confessionary corridor to enter the so-called 'dark chapel' where the Black Virgin statue can be seen behind a forged iron gate.
The furnishing of the two vestries date from the 18th century, as do the pulpit, the organ and the pews.


Győr is the most important city of northwest Hungary, the capital of Győr-Moson-Sopron county, and lies on one of the important roads of Central Europe, halfway between Budapest and Vienna. The city is the sixth largest in Hungary, and one of the seven main regional centres of the country.
Győr is particularly rich in ecclesiastical heritage. The episcopal cathedral holds one of the most valuable examples of goldsmith's work, the St Ladislaus herm that was made in the 15th century for the relics of King Ladislaus I. The sarcophagus of beatified martyr bishop Vilmos Apor (1892-1945) is also found in the cathedral. The treasury of the basilica keeps numerous values and its fine art collections are particularly valuable.
There are permanent exhibitions of the work of one of the most significant ceramists of the 20th century, Győr-born Margit Kovács (1902-1977), and of outstanding Hungarian sculptor of the 20th century, Miklós Borsos (1906-1990) who studied in the Benedictine grammar school. Natural scientist, traveller and ethnographer János Xantus (1825-1894) after whom the city museum and zoo were named also attended school here.
The thermal baths and aquapark provide the residents and visitors alike with an opportunity for rejuvenation and there are numerous possibilities for outings and walks. (Source: Vendégváró)

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