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Photograph: Károly Kincses
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Vác Cathedral
Cathedral of Our Lady
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Vác, Pest County, Hungary

1761–1777; 1792
Religious architecture, cathedral
Architect: Isidore Ganneval (c. 1730–1786); stonemason: Matthias Chmelik; sculptors: Joseph Bechert, Carlo Adami, Joseph Minich; painters: Franz Anton Maulbertsch (1724–1796), J. M. Schmidt (alias Feigel Georg Kremserschmidt), Balthasar Fischer, Valentin Steiner; Marbling: Martin Karl Keller; Joiner: Joseph Regele; master blacksmith: Johann Georg Birbaum; Bell founder: Adam Wieland; Glazier: Jakob Peziak
Vác Cathedral was an outstanding building when it was built in the 18th-century. In both Hungary and Central Europe, it was a unique example of early French Neo-Classicism at a time when the Baroque, late Baroque and Rococo styles dominated. Combining Neo-Classical elements and simple geometric shapes, the building appeared exceptionally novel to Central Europeans of the time, and it was for this reason that local artists and craftsmen did not follow the style for decades to come.

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