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Cathedral Library of Kalocsa

Address: 6300 Kalocsa, Szentháromság tér 1.

In the 18th century, archbishop Adam Patachich bequeathed his private collection of 19,000 volumes to the archdiocese, thus establishing the Cathedral Library of Kalocsa, Bibliotheca Metropolitanae Ecclesiae Colocensis. Hundreds and thousands of ancient codices have been gathered together from the private and Archiepiscopal libraries being predecessors to this final, complex library of the Cathedral (Bazilika).

Today we can admire over 130,000 books here, an ever-growing collection of  codices and incunabula, scriptures, songbooks, books of medicine, law, astronomy, and so on.

One ot he most spectacular areas of the library is the reading room of Archbishop Adam Patachich (1776-1784), decorated in beautiful Baroque style, containing many volumes with gilded leather cover. The historical exhibit of the Library is also housed in this area.

In the so-called Celebration Hall, we can see a replica of the Holy Crown of the Hungarian Kings.

Replica of the Holy Crown of Hungary
In 1896, to commemorate the milllenium of the Hungarian Conquest, a group from the High-school of Arts and Crafts created replicas of the coronation regalia. Two copies were made of each of the crown, scepter, and orb. Of these replicas, one went to Kalocsa, the other to Rome, in commemoration of the fact that Asztrik, the first archbishop of Kalocsa, was the one who brought the crown from the Pope to St. Stephen of Hungary (I. István).

From then on, the replica of the Crown is kept safe in the Celebration Hall of the library at Kalocsa. The replica sent to Rome was exhibited at the Museum of the Vatican until in 1964, when there was an attempt to steel it.  Although the theft was unsuccessful, the Crown suffered damage, and therefore it it is not displayed there any longer. The replica at Kalocsa also needed a few small repairs, made in 1967 by Lajos Bartha, master goldsmith.

Images and information courtesy of the Archiepiscopal Treasury, Kalocsa

H-6300 Kalocsa
Szentharomsag ter 1

: +36-78-465-280


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