Székesfehérvár -- translated roughly as the `city with the white castle` -- is the principal city in the Central Transdanubia region of Hungary. Located about halfway between Lake Balaton and Lake Velence, Székesfehérvár has been at the crossroads of trading routes since the time of the Romans, and today sits at the junction of seven different railroad lines. It was the home of the Kingdom of Hungary`s diet (parliament), and was also the site of royal coronations and burials for over 500 years. Thirteen kings and two queens were buried on the grounds of Székesfehérvár Basilica, which was once one of the largest basilicas in Europe. It burned down in 1601 and now the ruins sit in the Old Town. The Old Town is hemmed in by two large squares, Town Hall Square (Varoshaz tér) and Coronation Square (Koronazo tér). Historic sights in Székesfehérvár include the Episcopal Palace, with the Globus crucifier statue out front; the Gothic St. Anna Chapel, dating from 1470; and the Serbian Quarter, consisting of Medieval-era thatched houses and a Byzantine-designed church.
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