The station of the cross
Cemetery Chapel and Way of the Cross in Kislőd
If you visit the South Bakony, stop at Kislőd and find the chapel and the way of the cross at the cemetery. This monument, which was built at the end of the 19th century according to the plans of Kálmán Tüttner, at the order of Parson Mihály Rőthy, is a nice example of the religious culture and heritage of the Bakony-Balaton Region. The captivating terra-cotta reliefs of the various stations rising among shady trees are the work of a master from Munich. Its atmosphere is captivating.
It is open to the public.
Calvary and Chapel in Magyarpolány
The way of the cross in Magyarpolány can be accessed from main road no. 8, exiting at Bakonygyepes. You can get to the top of the hill on 153 steps. When you are there, the first thing you see is the Neo-Gothic ‘crowned’ Calvary Chapel that was built at the beginning of the 20th century in honour of the Virgin Mary of Sorrows. The late Baroque-style monument with five stations had been standing for almost one and a half centuries then. The nearly life-size painted wooden statues of the stations provide an astonishing view, depicting the five secrets of the Rosary of Sorrows. If you come here for an early morning pilgrimage, you can see the most stunning sunrise in the entire region from here. With the little neat village houses hiding among the neighbouring mountains, the Bakony Hills offer a captivating sight. In clear weather you can see as far as the ‘Four-sided Round’ Forest in Taliándörögd. And if you happen to come here at Whitsun, you can have an unforgettable experience by taking part in the internationally acclaimed Polány Passion organised here every year. It offers perfect spiritual regeneration!
It is open to the public.
Stations of the Cross and Chapel in Márkó
If you head for the newly-built houses in this village located to the west of Veszprém, only a few kilometres from it, along main road no. 8, you can see the white chapel and the Stations of the Cross on the hill rising from the plain from a distance. It was erected in late Classicistic style by German settlers in the 19th century to the memory of their church, which burnt to ashes on Good Friday in 1834. It takes only a short walk to explore it but it is worth the time!
It is open to the public.
Way of the Cross in Városlőd
Going further westwards along main road no. 8, you get to the next station of your trip in Városlőd, where you can find another beautiful pearl of the religious heritage of the region. The chapel located at the other end of the town was built in the 19th century, due to the efforts and financial sacrifice of the followers, originally with 6 stations, decorated with images depicting the sufferings of Jesus Christ. The rest of the niches were built from family donations. The curiosity of the way of the cross here is that there is a separate niche at the foot of the hill, with a painting showing the last supper. At the beginning of the 1970s, Parson Mátyás Frey had the paintings of all the 15 stations replaced with weather-proof reliefs made by Tibor Farkas. Both the stations and the chapel are listed buildings and open to the public. In summer the surrounding trees provide shade for tourists wishing to take a rest at the chapel or the stations.
The Mary Chapel and Stone Cross located in the middle of the forest in Csehbánya, not far from Városlőd, is another spectacular sight. It is worth visiting also for its legend.
The legend has it that on a cold winter night a forester got lost in the forest and prayed for help. Not much later, he caught sight of some light and headed for the direction it came from. As he got closer, he knew that it was a miracle, for he saw a camp fire but no footsteps in the fresh snow around it. He warmed up beside the fire and got home safely afterwards. As a token of his gratitude, the forester had an image of the Virgin Mary carved into the tree next to the fire. Later, Ferenc Rovenszki had a wooden cross and in 1905 a stone cross erected beside the tree. The residents of Csehbánya built the present Mary Chapel on the site of the miraculous fire.
Bakonybél – the Chapel and Way of the Cross of Borostyán-kút (Ivy Well)
Wandering in the Bakony-Balaton Region, you should not miss this ‘treasure island’ of the forests in the High Bakony area. The surroundings of the chapel of Borostyán-kút (Szent-kút) are one of Veszprém County’s seven natural wonders. If you like nature and the (not only natural) heritage that nature has preserved, spend a few days here and explore Bakonybél and its area.
Leaving the village for the forest, you can easily find the chapel of Borostyán-kút and the Stations of the Cross on the site where St. Gellért and St. Gunther spent their days as hermits.
The chapel was the first monument that was built in this memorial place, then later the 14 stations were added with the Calvary on the top of the rock, depicting the figure of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and St. John. There are three springs welling up in front of the chapel, which have been enclosed in a well-house with the help of a small stone pool. A relief in the middle of the pool recalls the site-related legend of St. Gellért, however, he is also remembered through a statue portraying St. Gellér with a calf. There are stairs next to the chapel leading to a walled-up rock fissure, in front of which you can marvel at a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. According to oral traditions, this cave could be the place of hermitage.
At the end of the 20th century, the surroundings of the chapel were reconstructed through the efforts of the village, the springs were dammed up to form a small lake and a leisure park was built on the shore. So, today, if you take a pilgrimage here, you can find a peaceful rest area and spiritual regeneration.