Old Mill Lifestyle House

The Sights of Dunaalmas

Monument to the Battle of Almas

Monument to the Battle of Almas

It is a rare occurrence in the life of a small village that it becomes the scene of a nationally famed event. Fought on August 3, 1849, the Battle of Almas was a part of the last victorious battle of the war of independence ten days before the Surrender at Vilagos. Surrounded by the enemy, the defenders of the Komarom Castle broke out from the castle in an attempt to break the blockade. The main objective was to capture Gyor; The Almas operation was to prevent the enemy from attacking the defenders from behind. The battle began at 3 am, and Klapka's soldiers attacked the Austrians at the bridge of the Altal brook, a few metres from the monument. The early attack at dawn surprised the enemy so much that they fled headlong towards Esztergom. The battle lasted for an hour. A few metres away from the scene of the battle, a cockade-shaped monument holds the memory of the war of independence.

The Peace Treaty of Zsitvatorok

The location of the peace treaty of Zsitvatorok is more disputed than any other event in the history of Dunaalmas among those concerned with local history. According to oral tradition and lots of old sources, the peace treaty, ending fifteen years of war, between Emperor Rudolf, the Hungarian King, and the Turkish was signed among the ruins of the Benedictine Monastery, where the Reformed Church stands today, on November 11, 1606, with the mediation of Bocskai. Ferenc Toth's local history work titled "Our hometown: Almas-Rev-Almas-Dunaalmas", which contains a huge collection of archives, claims that only the document with the peace conditions of the Turks was dated in Almas. The peacemaking took place on the opposite side in Zsitvatorok, where the negotiating parties arrived on boats every day. The Turks came from a tent camp set up in the ruins of the monastery of Almas, the king's envoys from Komarom, and Bocskai's team from beyond Zsitva. The peacemaking concluded in the Turkish camp, that is, in Almas with a glorious feast - as Miklos Istvanffy, a member of the royal delegation describes it in his memoirs.

The Roman Stone Carrying Road and Culvert, Roman-era quarries

”The stone carrying road of the world conquering Roman Empire. Stones were carried on this road during the building of the enormous border-castle and city, Brigetio between the 1st and 4th century AD.”, reads the memorial column advertising the monument priceless for archaeologists in the territory of the quarry, since this is the only remaining piece of the road which was used for stone carrying and built by slaves in the Roman era. A Roman-era culvert and gutter can also be seen here – blazes mark the path there. Its wall is our village’s living record of the roman construction technique. They put caustic lime and sand between the stones, watered it; this is how buildings were soldered together.

Quarrying in Dunaalmas is almost two millennia old, so we can believe the unwritten tradition that the limestone mountain once expanded until the Tata junction. The Romans started exploiting big amounts of stones, and, without doubt, St. Laszlo’s temple and monastery were built with these stones.

There was a bigger stone exploitation later in connection with the constructions of the castle of Komarom. The process reached its golden age in the time of the road, railroad and bridge constructions initiated after the compromise, and the large-scale building operations in honor of the millennium (1896).

Some of the orders, without the necessity of completeness: the Vienna Burg, the Hungarian Royal Palace, Parliament, Gellert bath, the Millennium monument, 8 bridges, regulations of the Danube.

Csokonai Vitéz Mihály mellszobor

The Csokonai Park, and the Statue of the Poet

The Csokonai House of Culture was built in 1933 in the place of Lilla's demolished house. Csokonai's statue and the park formed around it were placed in the neighborhood. In 1966, the residents of the village held a glorious ceremony to inaugurate the white limestone statue, a creation of sculptor Bela Szabados. The support of the statue was carved by stonemasons in Dunaalmas.

"...don't hide in the tent of willows, you've grown stone roots into the beach,
waiting till she awakes to the rooster of the dawn, and dresses into your wave blue clothes,
you will come out to cuddle her..."

- written by Zoltan Fuzek Gyorke, in his poem titled Your soul among willows...

Csokonai - Lilla Memorial Room

Writer-physician Dr. Miklos Ferenczy's book titled Csokonai's Lilla was published in 1968, followed by several works on local history and literature history as a result of many years of research. The many invaluable objects and writings accumulated during the research found their home in the memorial room inaugurated in 1971. In the central place is a portrait presumed to be Lilla's. The collection of literary history expanded with the historical and ethnographical remembrances of the village over the years.

Lilla's Tomb

Julianna Vajda (Csokonai's Lilla) moved to Dunaalmas in 1798, as wood merchant Istvan Levai's wife. Four years after her husband's death in 1840, she got married again with Heteny dean Mihaly Vegh. This marriage was also unhappy and a failure; five years later she moved back to her home in Almas. She died here in 1855 (at age 78); she outlived the poet who loved her until death by 50 years. At her request, she was buried with Csokonai's suicide letter and the book "Lilla poems", which was published in print after the poet's death and is the first love poem cycle in Hungarian literature.


The Stables of Dunaalmas - "Where we sow love, happiness sprouts"

The riding ranch is situated in Dunaalmas right next to road 10. A familiar atmosphere, kind, guest-friendly horses, playful dogs, and numerous pets wanting to be stroked, await the visitors.

This is a place where you can go back hundreds of years in the history; you can learn horseback riding, archery, spear-throwing, laying a fire in the open air, pottery, singing, and dancing.

You can take part in individual horseback riding, carriage tours, adventure tours, melon harvesting parties, night-time tests of courage, or ancient legionary trainings.