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One of the earliest Premonstratensian abbey churches, it was built by French masters around 1230 and has remained almost unchanged. Originally Romanesque, it was subsequently refurbished in an early Gothic-Gothic style. In the 16th century the building suffered damage several times and was restored only in the 18th century. The main facade was rebuilt in Baroque style and the porch also received a Baroque frame. It was restored in Neo-gothic style by Kálmán Lux between 1920 and 1921.
1. What to see
A stone-framed tabernacle with a wrought iron door from 1478 was integrated into the south wall of the nave. On this wall a medieval fresco depicting a scene from the legend of St Ladislaus was uncovered.
In the 16th century the building suffered damage several times and was restored only in the 18th century. In the train of reconstruction the originally semicircular slightly elevated sanctuary was rendered square. Only one original gothic rib vault survived. The main altar depicting the Annunciation and the two adjacent high priests were created by Stephen Dorffmeister in 1763 according to the sign.
Another addition, Saint Ann chapel was attached to the north side during the 18th century. Stephan Dorffmeister painted the more recent frescos between 1761 and 1763. Allegorical figures of Faith, Hope, Love and the evangelists can be seen above the mural of Saint Ann. The dome is adorned with scenes from the birth and childhood of Jesus.
Construction of the provost's residence lying in the immediate vicinity of the monastery church was finished by the end of the 18th century. The wall niche of the landing is decorated with the scene of St Joseph and the Christ Child. Frescoes of the ceiling of the Reeve Hall were painted by the so-called older Stephen Dorffmaister in 1763. The barrel-vaulted ceiling is held by four Atlas figures. Two scenes are displayed in the middle of the ceiling: ravens fed prophet Elijah, and Jesus talks to the Samaritan woman at Jacob's Well. It is important to note that the provost's residence is now a care home for elderly people and is generally not open to the public.
3. How to get there
3.1. By plane
The nearest airport is FlyBalaton located at Sármellék. FlyBalaton is reachable usually during summer via charter flights from several cities in Germany and from Moscow. The large international airport of Hungary, Liszt Ferenc Airport is in the suburbs of the capital, Budapest.
3.2. By car
In case of driving from FlyBalaton Airport, follow road 76 in the direction of Zalagerszeg and turn right in Zalacsány to Zalaszentgrót.
If arriving at Budapest, follow M7 toll-highway from Budapest to get to the south-east corner of Lake Balaton. Simply follow road 71 leading to Keszthely but much before entering the town, turn left to follow road 76 leading to Zalaegerszeg.After reaching Zalacsány, turn right to the road leading to Zalaszentgrót.
4. Where to stay
There is a multitude of guesthouses (pensions) spotted around Lake Balaton. If you prefer wellness and healing water, the city of Hévíz is the right choice for you.