|Lavendel harvest in the herbal garden|
One famous Hungarian fashion designer, Tamas Naray, once said that luxury is not neccesairly a question of money, it is more about the need for beauty and paying attention to detail also in the everyday. A visit to Pannonhalma is exactly like this: it is a perfect luxury for the soul.
Lime-flavoured mascarpone cream with peppermint-seasoned crushed strawberry
and elderberry granita
The archabbery is an over 1000 years old world heritage site where keeping tradition and following the latest trends goes hand in hand thanks to the mentality of the monks, and the current archabbot, Asztrik Várszegi.
Pannonhalma hosts one of the best high schools of the country where Hungary`s famous actors, writers, architects and doctors have been educated. It tells a lot about the autonomy of the place that even in the communist era when practicing religion was forbidden, and religious orders were disbanded, the place was still functioning and communist leaders sent their children to study here.
"Only who changes stays true to himself"- is the title of the book of Herbet Haag published by the publishing house of the order. This quote might reflect the secret of the place where old and new lives in harmony next to each other, and people are very open-minded, yet self-identical.
The library of the archabbery, the main building and the botanic garden with its old trees represent the living past; while the new visitors center, the restaurant, the herbal garden and the quality products of the shop are a good example for continous innovation. The archabbery has even its own Facebook-page and homepage.
We collected many good memories during our one-day trip here, and all the beautiful things we saw were refreshing for the eyes and the soul both.
More photos from the archabbery and the herbal garden
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*Photos in this post by me