Library of Esztergom Main Church - Bibliotheca

Tuesday: 9:00 – 13:00
Wednesday: 9:00 – 17:00
Thursday: 9:00 – 13:00

Visiting the Library is currently free, groups must be registered in advance on the library’s website.

The Library in Esztergom is one of the largest church libraries in our country. The imposing building, completed in 1853 based on József Hild’s plans, was renovated in 2017. Thanks to this, with the modern layout of the permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibitions, we can view the unique collection treasures of the library in a renewed form.

There is very close the liturgical codex renowned by Archbishop of Esztergom, Tamás Bakócz, who was almost elected Pope of Rome. Together, the two volumes of the Bakócz Gradualé weigh more than 110 kg, making it one of the largest codexes in the world. How were these two very heavy book giants moved in the Middle Ages…?

Wandering among the other codexes and bibles, we can come across an ancient print of King Mathew, the Lövöldi corvina. The family Bible of our great Hungarian poet Bálint Balassi, who died in Esztergom, is kept here. And we can also see an outstanding monument of the history of the Hungarian language, the Jordánszky codex containing the medieval Bible translation.

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On the establishment website clicking Catalogues Possessores and Pantheon you can find help. You can even discover the library from home. Using violet points it’s possible to see many useful information and interesting backgrounds.

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