On magical paths


Werbőczy monument

Besides the belfry next to the church, standing above the crypt of the former Gyurcsányi family, is the famous Werbőczy monument, erected in 1791 by Ignác Gyurcsányi. Interesting fact: this was the first ever public monument in Hungary.

The turn of the 1500s was characterised by conflicting laws of the age. It was therefore necessary to systematise legal habits and practices. The ruler entrusted Werbőczy with the task, who, upon retiring to his estate in Alsópetény, created the greatest accomplishment of his life with several years of work, giving him instant fame. Opus Tripartitum Juris became the source of the nobility's law for centuries, and its influence lasted right up until 1945. The Triple Book became the most published Hungarian book after the Bible.