The Ruins of Zsambek

As you may have guessed, Zsambek was our next destination.

This small town is situated about 30 kilometers to the west of Budapest. It’s not really a touristic destination, but it does have one interesting landmark: the ruins of the Premonstratensian church. It was built in the 13th century and was destroyed by the Mongolians in the same century. It was rebuilt later, but in the 18th century an earthquake completely destroyed it again.

After this disaster, the church wasn’t reconstructed again. Instead, the inhabitants chose to build to build a completely new one, somewhere else in town. But the ruins of the original church are still there. And you can visit them. They are located on a high hill, so you can’t miss them.


  • aurescu September 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Great place. Great pictures. 🙂

    • fgh47 September 4, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Yes, it was impressive. I will probably not be rebuilt. Now they have a new church. But the ruins make us imagine the grandness and beauty of these buildings

  • Jae September 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I know I say this a lot, but I mean it every time. I love seeing these appear in my blog feed. And I envy your life. 🙂

    • fgh47 September 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      We are happy that you follow us, and you like our pictures. We intend to take a big trip every summer, but it takes some money, so we have to economize more in the winter

  • Michael Dooley September 4, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Reblogged this on michaeldooleyblog and commented:
    Incredible travel article!

    • fgh47 September 4, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Thank you for your aimable and good posting. Such postings make us feel the urge much more to go on with the travelling. We have lovely experiences, which we can share with all you sweet people, who comment on the blog

  • stancatobailey September 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    These photos are priceless, the buildings keep so much beauty.

  • fgh47 September 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Yes, even ruins can be beautiful. And they awake the imagination about, how they have been before the destructions. The phantasies can fly and we fly with them

  • A.D. Everard September 5, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Amazing ruins!

    • fgh47 September 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Certainly yes

  • inpursuitofadventureblog September 5, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Wonderful photos, its always amazing to see the remains and the skeletal structure of older buildings. I sometimes feel that when you look at ruins you really see the soul of a builiding

    • fgh47 September 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Yes, ruins have something special. And gets the imagination work

  • Virginia Duran September 5, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Stunning ruins! Did you get inside?

    • fgh47 September 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      No. As far as I remember, it was closed because of danger to have stone on your head

  • wildwomanswimming September 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Spooky that the church was destroyed twice, what beautiful ruins…

    • fgh47 September 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Yes this church has seen a lot of wars and battles. And then at last be destroyed by an earthquake. It is bad luck beyond the normal. Now we can admire the ruins and imagine, how it must have been

  • Gilraen September 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I always love ruins. It just makes me wonder who walked/lived or worked there. The people that took pride building it and how terrible it would be to see it now. So many stories hidden in a few walls left standing. We’ll never know all stories, those walls do.

  • fgh47 September 9, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    There will be many stories connected to these ruins. And only our fantasy can pull them to live again


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