The Benedictine Abbey of Tihany is a historic monastery located in Tihany, Hungary, on the northern shore of Lake Balaton. The abbey was founded in 1055 by King Andrew I of Hungary and was dedicated to St. Mary. The location was chosen for its scenic beauty and strategic importance as a defense against invading forces.
The abbey has undergone several renovations and additions over the centuries, resulting in a unique architectural style that blends Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque elements. The most significant renovation was carried out in the 18th century, under the guidance of Abbot Benedek Sajgho. During this time, many of the abbey’s buildings were reconstructed or expanded, and the interior was decorated with ornate stucco work and frescoes.
Today, the abbey is one of the most important religious and cultural sites in Hungary, attracting thousands of visitors each year. The church’s interior is adorned with beautiful frescoes, sculptures, and other works of art, including a 17th-century organ and a Baroque pulpit. The abbey also houses a museum that showcases the history and culture of the region.