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GPS coordinates: Latitude 46°47'26", Longitude 17°11'7" (N46 47.43 - E17 11.12)

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Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit - Hévíz, Hungary Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit

The pigeon motif generally applies to the modern style Church of the Holy Spirit of Hévíz, this bird refers to the common representation of the Holi Spirit. In addition, the floor plan of the Roman Catholic church also symbolizes a pigeon with opened wings.

Dr. Schulhof Vilmos promenade - Hévíz, Hungary Dr. Schulhof Vilmos promenade

Dr. Vilmos Schulhof (or sometimes incorrectly Vilmos Schulhoff) was a rheumatologist and balneologists, a specialist who researches and applies the effects of medicinal thermal waters, he was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1974. He initiated the first sanatorium in Hévíz, which was finally built in 1907. In 1911 he estabilished his own Zander Therapeutic Institute in Hévíz, the third such institution in Europe after the one Strocholm, Sweden and the other one in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Czech Republic. The institute used the so-called Zander Therapeutic Method, which was invented by the Swedish physician Dr. Gustav Zander (1835-1920) and based on mechanotherapy, medical gymnastic exercises carried out by means of a special apparatus. Dr. Vilmos Schulhof done so much to popularize Hévízfürdő ("Hévíz Baths" or "Thermal Baths") both in Hungary and abroad, but due to his Jewis origins from 1938 he wasn't allowed to publish anything. In 1944 he was deported from Hévíz to the ghetto of Keszthely, and soon he was died in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Dr. Schulhof Vilmos promenade - Hévíz, Hungary Dr. Schulhof Vilmos promenade

During the modernizations of the 1960s a new indoor bath was built on the Dr. Schulhof Vilmos Promanade in 1963. This is the so-called "Winter Spa", and thanks to this bathing in Hévíz isn't depend on the seasons any more. The nine thermal pools are waiting for the guests both summer and winter.

Saint Andrew's Rheumatology Hospital and Sanatorium (Szent András reumakórház) under the shady plane trees - Hévíz, Hungary Saint Andrew's Rheumatology Hospital and Sanatorium (Szent András reumakórház) under the shady plane trees

After the miseries of the World War II which were followed by deprivatizations Hévízfürdő started to become important again. In 1952 by the initiative of the Ministry of Health (in Hungarian "Egészségügyi Minisztérium") there was opened the so-called State Spa Hospital of Hévíz ("Hévízi Állami Gyógyfürdőkórház") in the bathing resort, on the Dr. Schulhof Vilmos Promenade. The facility was further expanded in 1960, and after modernizations nowadays it is operating under the name of "Szent András Reumakórház" ("Saint Andrew Rheumatics Hospital"). It has an indoor bath within its area and provides many other services for those who wish to heal.

Holy Spirit Roman Catholic church - Hévíz, Hungary Holy Spirit Roman Catholic church

The old Roman Catholic church was situated at the edge of the town and in spite of the many conversions it proved to be too small. The new modern church was designed by János Bocskai local architect, built during three years and opened in 1999. It has the capacity of more than thousand persons. Its seven towers (steeples) symbolize the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord). The interior's floor plan is shaped like a hand-held fan or a sector of a circle, therefore the worshippers can sit as close as possible to the central place of the liturgy ceremonies.

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