Croatian Diary - August 15: Sátorhely - Mohács (Magyarország/Hungary) - part 2

by Björn Roose May. 19, 2020 150 views
Mohács (Hungary) - Memorial Church (August 15)

Mohács (Hungary) - Memorial Church (August 15)

And the Votive Church also has a dome and looks a bit like a mosque, but appearances can be deceiving: this church is also called Memorial of the Battlefield. The battlefield of the First Battle, that is, the foundation stone was therefore laid by the bishop of Kalocsa, distant successor of Pál Tomori, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of that slaughter in 1925. However, it took another three years before construction started - largely paid by crowdfunding, by the way - and the dedication could not take place until August 29, 1940.

Mohács (Hungary) - King Lájos statue (August 15)

Mohács (Hungary) - King Lájos statue (August 15)

Unfortunately we can not get in, although that is worth it according to the tourist website of the city. We walk around the church and see the two arch galleries that have been added. Retrospective research teaches me that the intention was to build an extra monument here for the men who died during the First Battle of Mohács, but that was ultimately not done, nor was a planned tower of 72 meters high.

Mohács (Hungary) - On the Danube shores (August 15)

Mohács (Hungary) - On the Danube shores (August 15)

What will eventually come, for us anyway, is a joint reunion with the Danube. We got close to it a few times on August 10 when we drove to Ilok (see here and here) from Vukovar (see here, here, here, here and here) via Opatovac (see here) and Šarengrad (see here), but my girlfriend was drawing the water tower in Vukovar when I looked over the Danube to Serbia. Now, however, we walk from the market square to the Danube bank, where we also immediately see one of those phenomena typical of the river: car ferries. In Flanders you still have ferries in a number of places (in my municipality even four, which is a record for Flanders, I think), but they only serve to cross cyclists and hikers. Here on the Danube, where bridges are very scarce (also outside of Hungary, by the way), cars can also be crossed.

Mohács (Hungary) - On the Danube shores (August 15)

Mohács (Hungary) - On the Danube shores (August 15)

Mohács (Hungary) - On the Danube shores (August 15)

Mohács (Hungary) - On the Danube shores (August 15)

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