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"There are two superlatives in Szeged: the Church in Alsóváros and the Tisza" /Sándor Bálint/

 

Discover the history of the city and the Franciscans in the gothic and baroque church of Our Lady of the Snow and the Franciscan friary in Szeged. The Franciscans settled down in the so called Peasant-town of the city, that is, in Alsóváros, in Szeged in 1444. The present church was consecrated in 1503. The fate of the Franciscans and the locals has been interwoven for centuries. The friars took care of the spiritual lives of the locals, and influenced their daily existence as well. The introduction of paprika growing and the boarded pediment with sunbeam motif can be attributed to the order. During the Ottoman era they also cured and taught. After the Ottoman era, a great reconstruction of the complex started. This is when the baroque interior was created and when the whole complex was completed.

We provide an insight into the 16-18th centuries through the life of the Franciscan community and the treasures preserved by them. Now visitors can see the so far hidden parts of the building complex such as the lapidary, the quadrum (inner yard), the refectory (dining hall) or the first-floor library rooms.

In the projection room you can take a look inside the every-day life of the monks. In the exhibition rooms we present the brief history and symbols of the Franciscan order. Also, you can see artistic rarities such as the chair of Saint James of the Marche from the 15th century, the cloak of King Mathias Corvinus, which was converted into a chasuble, a votive image from the 17th century, an 18th-century monstrance from Augsburg, the Szilassy-chalice or the toys collected by the Franciscan mission to China.