About Serbian Churches in Hungary
The Cathedral or the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos is popularly known by the name ‘Belgrade Church’. One of Hungary’s largest Serbian Orthodox churches, it was named after people from Belgrade and its environs settling here following the 1690 Great Exodus of the Serbs. The present exterior of the Cathedral dates from the 18th century, and its history is a testament to the various transformations of Serbian art at the time.
The Church of the Annunciation is located in the centre of Szentendre, in the immediate vicinity of the Serbian Church Museum. Even on account of its unique position, it is outstanding among the other Serbian churches in the sense that it does not have an ordinary church entrance, but one enters it directly from the public square or – on the south side – from the neighbouring street.
The Monastery Church of Ráckeve is Hungary’s oldest extant Serbian monument. It is situated on Csepel Island, approximately 40 km (25 miles) south of Budapest. The foundation of the town, initially called Felsőkeve and then Ráckeve (Serbian: Srpski Kovin), may be associated with the 1440 charter of King Vladislaus (Ulászló) I of Hungary. Its name memorialises the settlement of Serbs from Kovin (Kevevára) by the middle reaches of the Danube in the Southern Banat/Bánát Region.
The Monastery of Grábóc is situated in Tolna County, in South-Western Hungary. The monastery was built in 1587 by monks of the Dalmatian Monastery of Dragović fleeing hunger and privation. Arriving at the area of the Monastery of Grábóc from Dalmatia with his three fellow religious in 1585, he chanced upon the ruins of an old church with remnants of murals showing Christian figures still visible. As the monks did not have the means to rebuild this apparently large church, they constructed a smaller church nearby, dedicated to the Archangels Michael and Gabriel.