In medieval times, it was populated mostly by Serbians and Bulgarians. In the 18th century, after the Turks left, Szentendre gained a more Mediterranean townscape with Croatian, Slovak, German, Greek and Romanian newcomers. The city has retained a distinctive blend of cultures.
Szentendre is famous for its seven churches – among them a bishopric of the Greek Orthodox Church and the world’s smallest synagogue. Besides the baroque buildings, the beautiful Serbian Orthodox churches and Cyrillic-inscribed monuments form the main attractions of the city. On the castle hill there is a medieval Roman Catholic church with the oldest sun clock in Hungary.
Szentendre is a town of artists and museums. Since the beginning of the 20th century, it has been home to an artists’ colony, where a great number of artists still live and work today. You can find small galleries on every street corner.
The Open Air Etnographic Museum, called Szentendre Skanzen, exhibits the folklore architecture and culture of the Carpathian basin. Among other museums there are: The Kovács Margit Museum displaying ceramic works, the Serbian Orthodox Museum, the Doll Museum. They are all worth paying a visit, but you definitely can’t miss the unique Szabó Marzipan Museum. It offers exhibition of figures made of marzipan, including many Disney characters, a 2 meter tall Michael Jackson, a Princess Diana, the 160 cm long Hungarian Parliament building and many more.
The town is filled with souvenir shops and stalls where artisans and ceramic artists sell their work.