Kalocsa, Hungary - Paprika Capital of the World

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    Discovering Kalocsa, Hungary

    Cathedral in Kalocsa, Hungary
    ••• Linda Garrison

    Kalocsa, Hungary is best known today for its many acres of paprika peppers, its annual paprika festival, and the beautiful hand-made embroidery designed by its "painting women". However, Kalocsa is also one of the oldest towns in Hungary and a major religious center.

    Kalocsa is located six miles from the eastern bank of the ​Danube River, about 88 miles south of Budapest. It is found in the Puszta, which is the Great Plains of Hungary and agriculturally important. Since Kalocsa is also one of the four Roman Catholic archbishops of Hungary, the town has a beautiful cathedral, archbishop's palace, and seminary.

    River ships sailing the lower Danube River in eastern Hungary often stopover in Kalocsa for a tour of the town, a visit to the Folk Art Museum (also known as the Regional Folk Art House), and a visit to a traditional Puszta horse show in the countryside.

    Those seeking to explore on their own might want to add a visit to the Paprika Museum, filled with everything you...MORE always wanted to know about paprika.

    St. Stephen founded the Archbishopric of Kalocsa in 1001, and the city has its first cathedral within a decade after that. The current Cathedral of St. Mary was built over a 20-year time span from 1735 to 1754. 

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    Interior of Kalocsa Cathedral

    Interior of Kalocsa Cathedral
    ••• Linda Garrison

    The interior of the St. Mary Cathedral in Kalocsa, Hungary reflects its baroque design. A huge organ and white interior of the St. Mary Cathedral is quite impressive. 

    Cathedral tour group leaders often allow their participants to take a seat and soak up the beauty and atmosphere of these spectacular buildings.

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    Kalocsa Museum of Folk Art in Kalocsa, Hungary

    Kalocsa Museum of Folk Art in Kalocsa, Hungary
    ••• Linda Garrison

    The Kalocsa Museum of Folk Art in Kalocsa features all sorts of paprika items and Hungarian embroidery and handicrafts. Having a museum dedicated to the herb demonstrates how important paprika is to the region. The diverse number of items made from paprika is innovative and impressive.

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    Paprika Peppers at the Kalocsa Folk Art Museum

    Paprika Peppers at the Kalocsa Folk Art Museum
    ••• Linda Garrison

    Kalocsa is famous for its many fields of paprika peppers and its annual Paprika Festival in the fall. These paprikas featured are drying to be ground before use.