Vác (approximately "vats"), (Vacov, Waitzen, Vacium) is a city in Pest county in Hungary with approximately 33,000 inhabitants. The town is occasionally known in Hungarian by the archaic names Vacz and Vacs.
Vác is located 34 kilometres north of Budapest
on the left bank of the Danube
river where it bends to begin its southern route. The town is seated at the foot of the Naszály Mountain on the outskirts of the Carpathians
Vác is a commercial center as well as a popular summer resort for citizens of Budapest. The cathedral, built 1761–1777, was modelled after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The episcopal palace houses a museum for Roman and medieval artifacts. The city is also known for its 18th century arch of triumph and for its beautiful baroque city center.
Settlement in Vác dating as far back as the Roman Empire
has been found.
Bishops from the diocese were influential within the Kingdom of Hungary, with many serving as chancellors or later becoming archbishops.
The town was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1541. During the Habsburg Monarchy's wars against the Ottomans, the Austrians won victories against the Turks at Vác in 1597 and 1684.
According to the 1910 census,
the religious make-up of the
town was the following:
Vác is a twinned
- - Deuil-la-Barre, Val-d'Oise, France
- - Donaueschingen Baden-Württemberg, Germany
- - Dubnica nad Váhom, Trenčín Region, Slovakia
- - Giv'atayim, Tel Aviv District, Israel
- - Järvenpää, Southern Finland
- - Odorheiu Secuiesc, Harghita, Romania
- - Šahy, Nitra Region, Slovakia
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