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Its crooked streets, seven church towers, colourful houses, narrow alleys, the dominant Mediterranean atmosphere and its two dozen museums make this town on the Danube the most frequently visited tourist centre on the Danube Bend.
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Four of the churches of the Serb colonies, who fled the Turks and settling here in the 14th - 17th centuries, still belong to the Orthodox Church: the Rococo Blagovestenska Church (Fő Square), the Pozarevacka Church (1 Kossuth Street), the Preobrazenska Church (42 Bogdányi Street) and the Belgrade Basilica or Saborna (Alkotmány Street) with its ornamented doorway. The Ciprovacka (Peter-Paul) Church (Dumtsa J. Street) was received by the Catholic Church, the Opovacka Church (14 Rákóczi Street) belongs today to the Calvinists. The icons, the work of the gold and silversmiths and other treasures to be found in the Serb Orthodox Church Museum (5 Pátriárka Street). The 13th-14th century Roman Catholic Parish Church (Templom Square) stands on the Castle Hill. On its wall, one of the oldest sun-dials in the county still tells the time.
 
Everything here serves the tourist who is looking for nostalgia: shops, restaurants, trade signs, the ancient buildings of the Main Square (Fő Square), the house ornaments, the many subjects offering themselves to the photographer, as well as one of the most popular museums in the country: the Margit Kovács Museum (1 Vastagh György Street). The Museum is dedicated to the works of Kovács (1902-1977), who worked in the medium of ceramics and whose charming figures present an aesthetic of goodness, beauty and humanity.

The Szabó Marzipan Museum (14 Dumtsa J. Street) offers a variety of fantasies made of marzipan, while the Dobos Confectionery Museum offers the true Dobos Cake.
 
The open-air Ethnographic Museum (3km from the centre of the town) is the largest ethnographic collection in Hungary. Folk monuments worth preserving are transported here from all over the country. After the completion of the Skanzen, 340 buildings in 10 sections will show the characteristics of Hungarian folk architecture. At present seven sections, a Greek Orthodox church and a Protestant graveyard can be visited. The museum is open from April to October. Demonstrations of folk handicrafts are held at the weekends and notable days of Hungarian folk culture are celebrated. The works of contemporary fine and applied artists, which can be bought locally, can be seen in 13 galleries.
 

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