Hungary was conquered by the Habsburgs in the 17th century and became an equal partner in the Austro-Hungarian Empirein 1867. Following the collapse of the empire in 1918, it became an independent kingdom. After participation in World War II on the Axis side, Hungary was occupied by theformerSoviet Union and became a communist state. Although a liberal reform movement was crushed by Soviet troops in 1956, thecommunistsystem was abandoned in 1989, and the first multiparty elections were held in 1990. Hungary joined NATO in 1999 and the EU in 2004.
PRIMAS PRICE BASILICA, Esztergom (Estergom), Hungary, a UNESCO World Heritage site
Established around A.D. 972, Esztergom has always played an important role in Hungary's history. It was the birth and coronation place of the first Hungarian king, St. Stephen, as well as the capital of Hungary until the 13th century. Esztergom is the seat of the Hungarian Catholic Church and home to the Basilica of Esztergom, a masterpiece of Classicism and the third largest church in Europe. It is located on the south side of the Danube which separates it from Slovakia.
A Quick Tour of C - an artist village
Szentendre has been the home of many generations of Hungarian artists since the early 20th century. Although the population is only 25,000 there are nine art museums and six contemporary galleries representing the rich traditions of the visual art.