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Hungarian Geographical Museum


Address: 2030 - Érd, Budai út 4.

phone number: (+36 (23)) 363-036

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Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10-18

The exhibition has closed for visitors.
2006.01.31. - 2006.07.30.

The Maps of the Carpathian Basin from the collection of Szántai Lajos

temporary exhibition
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Szántai Lajos was born in Csongrád in 1931. Because of his participation in the Revolution of 1956, he had to leave the country. He already spent the Christmas of 1956 in Paris. He regularly visited the antique bookstores of Paris and the fairs where he often bought old maps and printings about Hungary. His interest led to the birth of one of the largest private map collections about the country.

Szántai Lajos traveled all over Europe's libraries and collected data of the maps. As the result of his effort, his main work was born in 1996 titled 'Atlas Hungaricus', with which he aimed at showing all the maps made in 1528-1850 about Hungary.

The other interest of Szántai was collecting old engravings showing towns, battlefields and castles. He started a works similar to the creation of the Atlas Hungaricus, but unfortunately, he could not finish it because of his death. His unique map collection is now shown in the library of the Academy of Sciences.

The visitors may see a little of this collection in the celebration hall of the Museum of Geography. The display follows the cartography of 1571-1775, along with the history and development of the maps. It is interesting to perceive how the faults are inherited by the new maps and how eg. the Tihany Peninsula turned up at the south coast of the Lake Balaton or the line of the River Danube appeared situated West-East.


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