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Tihany Tourist Attractions

The Tihany peninsula is one of the most popular holiday resorts on Lake Balaton. Originally an island, today it covers an area of 12sq.km (4.6sqmi.) and extends 5km (3mi.) into the lake, terminating 1.5km (1mi.) from the opposite shore.

Abbey

Visible from afar is Tihany's symbol and landmark, the towers on the front of the Baroque abbey which was built by Abbot Ágoston Lécs between 1740 and 1745 on the foundations of the original church dedicated in 1060. Although it may appear somewhat plain from the outside, the Late Baroque interior is quite magnificent. The pulpit, which portrays the personification of the Christian virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity between the seated figures of the four Fathers of the Church, is particularly worthy of note. The high altar is decorated with carved figures of St Benedict and St Scholastika, as well as of saintly kings Stephen and Ladislaus. Like those of the pulpit and the side-altars, these are the work of the cabinet-maker Sebastian Stuhlhoff. a lay brother in the monastery. His excellent reputation and the esteem in which he was held are reflected in the fact that he is buried in the crypt next to the abbots. More high quality carvings by him can be seen in the sacristy. The crypt under the raised choir formed part of the original Romanesque church. This gloomy, somber room with its heavy round pillars hewn from blocks of stone contrasts sharply with the jubilant Baroque style of the church above.
The patron of the abbey, King Andrew I, lies interred in the central aisle beneath a marble slab adorned with an abbot's cross. In the cellar of this former Benedictine abbey is a lapidarium containing Roman, Early Christian and medieval memorials in stone, and on the upper floors is the Tihany local history museum.

Open-air Museum

The plateau behind the abbey sees the beginning of Pisky sétány (Pisky Promenade), offering a beautiful view over Lake Balaton. Here, too, is the historical center of the old fishing village (open-air museum) with some lovely old peasants' cottages. Some particularly well-preserved buildings are to be seen in Csokonai, Batthyány and Kossuth utca. Typical of the style of buildings found on Tihany are the bare walls of local volcanic basalt tuff and the thatched roofs. In the "Potter's House" (Fazekasház) some beautiful examples of traditional ceramic art are on display. The guild-houses once occupied by fishermen and the small folk-museum are also worth a visit.

Inner Harbour

From the village of Tihany two winding roads lead down to the "Inner Harbour", the bustling business center with moorings for passenger ships and a promenade along the bank of the lake, guest-houses and a neighboring bathing beach. The former summer residence of the Grand Duke of Habsburg, now with a modern extension wing, has been made into a first-class hotel. Large numbers of rare plants and many beautiful conifers are grown in the hotel park.
Since time immemorial there has been a ferry plying between the southern tip of the peninsula and Szántód harbor on the south bank of the lake. In recent years hotels, a holiday club, a sailing marina, restaurants, a swimming pool, a riding school, a mini-golf course and other leisure facilities have sprung up in the beautiful surrounding countryside.

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