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Fragments of 500-year-old church discovered in Visegrád, Hungary

The ruins of the Church of the Virgin Mary - a Franciscan monastery - that have been discovered during archaeological excavations, date back to the 13th century.

Located on the banks of the Danube River, Visegrád is best known for its impressive 13th-century castle. Three years ago, local officials launched a massive development project to restore the castle and its surroundings.

The National Archaeological Institute of Hungary shared the outstanding discovery on their social media site. The Visegrád Renaissance Development Program revealed further historical significance of the church’s structure in another post. They added details of its foundation, main altar, crypt, and how the vaulted ceiling had surrendered to time, falling into pieces.

Archaeologists found remnants from a deadly battle inside the collapsed crypt, with three bodies – possibly soldiers -, rifle bullets and a damaged plate that was probably used as a shield. Based on these artefacts, archaeologists assume the church was looted, and a deadly confrontation took place.

The Ottoman Empire’s takeover of Visegrád in 1544 contributed to the church’s demise. A few fragments of the church were discovered in the 1980s. The tennis court prevented further excavations. The larger Visegrád castle restoration project is ongoing.



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