Archabbey of Pannonhalma
Combining Medieval, Baroque, nineteenth century and later structures, the Benedictine Archabbey of Pannohalma is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The objective of this major renovation of its thirteenth-century basilica was the retuning of its interior to reflect contemporary patterns of liturgical use, whilst also recovering something of the spirit and spatial quality of the original architecture, lost amongst the accretions of later interventions. The new rose window becomes the logical point of transcendence in a theological narrative sign-posted in onyx, beginning with the font at the church’s west end, leading through the nave to the altar and lectern and finally upwards, across the newly clarified sanctuary, to the celestial circle of light.
Stefan Dold, Anna Schulenburg