Pannonhalma Archabbey

Hungary

The Benedictine Pannonhalma Archabbey or Territorial Abbey of Pannonhalma is a medieval building in Pannonhalma, one of the oldest historical monuments in Hungary

Its sights include the Basilica with the Crypt (built in the 13th century), the Cloisters, the monumental Library with 360,000 volumes, the Baroque Refectory (with several examples of trompe-l’œil) and the Archabbey Collection (the second biggest in the country). Today there are about 50 monks living in the monastery. The abbey is supplemented by the Benedictine High School, a boys’ boarding school.

Present uses

Archives

The Pannonhalma Archives of the Benedictine Archabbey contains one of the richest and most valuable collections of documents from the first centuries of Hungarian statehood. It includes the monastery’s interpolated charter (1001–1002) from Saint Stephen, the founding charter of the Tihany Abbey (1055), the first known written text to include Hungarian words and phrases.

Szent Gellért College of Theology

There is a College of Theology functioning in the archabbey, named after Saint Gerard of Csanád.

Winery

Wine making started in the Pannonhalma-Sokoróalja region when Benedictine monks founded the monastery of Pannonhalma in 996. The winery is situated on a 2000 m² plot with a capacity of 3000 hls. The main grape varieties are Rhine RieslingSauvignon blancGewürztraminerWelschrieslingEzerjó and Sárfehér. In addition, they have planted the more international ChardonnayPinot blancPinot noirMerlot and Cabernet Franc. They currently have 37 hectares under newly planted vines and the first harvest took place in autumn 2003.

Contact

Pannonhalma Archabbey
email
info@osb.hu
address
9090 Pannonhalma, Castle 1.
phone
(96) 570 100