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Dominican Convent Ruins

Dominican Convent Ruins are all that remain of the 13th-century convent where St Margaret (1242–71) took the veil.

Dominican Convent Ruins
Margaret Island – Budapest
GPS: 47.528964, 19.051531

A ruin is all that remains on Margaret Island of the 13th-century convent built by Béla IV where his daughter, St Margaret (1242–71) took the veil.

According to the story, the king promised to commit his daughter to a life of devotion in a nunnery if the Mongols were driven from the land. They were and she was – at four years of age she began her life right here.

A red-marble sepulcher cover surrounded by a wrought-iron grille marks her original resting place and there’s a viewpoint overlooking the Dominican Convent Ruins.

Canonized in 1943, St Margaret commands something of a cult following in Hungary. But I’m doing a whole special episode on the life of St Margaret that will delve into her her chaste yet also surprisingly rebellious life. Other than that, there isn’t much to see in the Dominican Convent Ruins.

But it is in a wonderfully peaceful setting, and if you use your imagination, you can try to visualize how this place must have been. No tourists. Just a bunch of nuns in a convent, with deer and rabbits running amok outside the walls.

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