Saint Ladislaus survived in Hungarian collective memory because of his strict laws, heroic deeds against the pagans, huge strength and morals. Following his canonisation, he was remembered as a warrior saint, and he is still considered as one of the greatest Hungarian kings. Several statues and institutes preserve his memory. Saint Ladislaus, who embodied the medieval knightly ideal and took part in the formation of the Hungarian church organisation, established one of the most prominent monasteries of Hungary in Somogyvár. Today, only the surviving walls in the ruin site remind visitors of the abbey thriving for centuries. The interactive display in the visitor centre offers an enjoyable experience when recalling the one-time international significance of the monastery and the splendour of the former building.
The exhibition of the visitor centre commemorates the ruler who stepped up as the defender of both the Christian faith and the sovereign Hungary at the same time. After visiting the exhibition, people can walk along a stepped forest pathway to approach the abbey ruin site where they can admire not only the full layout of the monastery but also the breath-taking panorama from the three-storey lookout tower.
Learn about a significant religious site of medieval Hungary and the legend of the founder of the monastery, Saint Ladislaus near Lake Balaton.