Kalocsa, Hungary - Paprika Capital of the World

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    Cathedral in Kalocsa, Hungary

    Cathedral in Kalocsa, Hungary
    ••• Cathedral in Kalocsa, Hungary. Kalocsa, Hungary (c) 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 are 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
    ••• Interior of Kalocsa Cathedral. Kalocsa, Hungary (c) Linda Garrison

    The interior of the St. Mary Cathedral in Kalocsa, Hungary reflects its baroque design.

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    Interior of Kalocsa Cathedral

    Interior of Kalocsa Cathedral
    ••• Organ inside the Kalocsa Cathedral. Kalocsa, Hungary (c) Linda Garrison

    The huge organ and white interior of the St. Mary Cathedral in Kalocsa, Hungary is quite impressive. 

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    Interior of Kalocsa Cathedral

    Interior of Kalocsa Cathedral
    ••• Interior of Kalocsa Cathedral. Kalocsa, Hungary (c) Linda Garrison

    Cathedral tour group leaders often allow their participants to take a seat and soak up the beauty and atmosphere of these spectacular buildings. Our Kalocsa tour group leader was one of these, and we all appreciated a few minutes to just ponder all those who had visited the cathedral before us and to see the lovely decor.

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    Kalocsa Museum of Folk Art in Kalocsa, Hungary

    Kalocsa Museum of Folk Art in Kalocsa, Hungary
    ••• Kalocsa Museum of Folk Art in Kalocsa, Hungary. Kalosca, Hungary (c) Linda Garrison

    The Kalocsa Museum of Folk Art in Kalocsa, Hungary 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 was innovative and impressive.

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    Paprika Peppers at the Kalocsa Folk Art Museum

    Paprika Peppers at the Kalocsa Folk Art Museum
    ••• Paprika Peppers at the Kalocsa Folk Art Museum. Kalocsa, Hungary (c) Linda Garrison

    Kalocsa is famous for its many fields of paprika peppers and its annual Paprika Festival in the fall. These paprikas are drying and might be ground before use. The paprika pods in this photo were drying.

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    Regional House of Folk Arts in Kalocsa, Hungary

    Regional House of Folk Arts in Kalocsa, Hungary
    ••• Regional House of Folk Arts in Kalocsa, Hungary. Kalosca, Hungary (c) Linda Garrison

    Isn't this wallpaper colorful? I'm not sure I would want it in my house, but I love how festive it is. The paprika and flowers featured on the wallpaper would certainly make any room cheerful.

     

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    Ceramic Stove at the Kalocsa Regional Folk Art House

    Ceramic Stove at the Kalocsa Regional Folk Art House
    ••• Ceramic Stove at the Kalocsa Regional Folk Art House. Kalosca, Hungary (c) Linda Garrison

    This colorful ceramic stove at the Kalocsa Regional Folk Art Museum in Hungary blends in well with the colorful wall decor.