Monday, April 05, 2004

Yesterday we visited the archabbey of Pannonhalma near Györ in Western Hungary. This Benedictine monastery has a wonderful library with about 365.000 books, being used by monks, teachers, students and scholars. In its archives, the abbey has the first document to contain Hungarian and Finnish words (from 1055). Besides, it owns twenty manuscripts and more than two-hundred incunabula. They also have a boarding school with an own school library.
In December 1996, the abbey was declared UNESCO world heritage. The fulfilled criteria: "to be an outstanding example of a type of building or architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates a significant stage in human history" and "to be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance".

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