Wandering through the streets of Szentendre, Hungary
Szentendre is a small charming town on the Danube River, 19 kilometres north of Budapest, Hungary. Its name literally means "Saint Andrew". Szentendre is, framed in a picturesque, wonderful natural setting with the winding river, nearby hills and mountains. The city is known for an 18th-century Baroque townscape with well-preserved houses and churches.
Like most towns along the Danube Bend, Szentendre was home first to the Celts and then the Romans, who built an important border fortress here called Wolf's Castle (Ulcisia Castra). The Magyars arrived late in the 9th century and established a colony here and by the 14th century, Szentendre was a prosperous estate under the supervision of the royal castle at Visegrád (read more at Visegrád - "cloud castle" in Hungary).
The Turks in the 15-16th century destroyed the town. It was rebuilt in Baroque style in the 17th century and has preserved the townscape since then.
From the middle of the 18th century, Szentendre became a ﬂourishing town thanks to grape and wine production, handicraft and commerce. The ﬂoods and ﬁres led to its decline but Szentendre but remained a tranquil small town.
In the 19th century, Szentendre's delightful location began to attract day-trippers and painters from Budapest. In 1926 the Art Colony (Művésztelep) was founded, providing a new “home” for the artists.
Baroque downtown and mosaic‐like small buildings and cheerful, sparkling colours ‐ grabbed more and more painters. In the 60., small museums were opened to the public exhibiting the works of artists connected to the town.
The town has been known for its art and artists ever since. There are many museums and contemporary galleries representing the rich traditions of the visual art. Szentendre has a Beautiful Danube bank, nice narrow cobblestone covered streets, good restaurants, beautiful temples and nice Mediterranean atmosphere.