Photographer's Note

Fot is a small town north of Budapest. The roman catholic aristocrat Karolyi family purchased the land around Fot and moved there in 1808. When the wife of Count Istvan Karolyi died in 1845, he realized that there was no suitable burial place in town for the family. There was no parish church in the mostly protestant village. So he asked the King for permission to create one. He got the permission, so he commissioned Miklos Ibl (1814-1891) to design and build one. He produced the church show on this picture. The church was consecrated in 1855, and was dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of Mary, probably the first such church, since the Immaculate Conception was declared church doctrine only in 1854. This church was the first major commission of Miklos Ybl, who become a celebrated architect in Hungary. The church now is protected as a historic monument, one of best example of Hungarian romantic style architecture, with its two 45 m tall towers it is highly visible landmark in its surroundings. Inside it has two levels, the lower level is the burial place of the Karolyi family, upstairs is the nicely decorated parish church.

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