Andocs is a village in Somogy county, Hungary. An impoverished village in a largely rural area, though it has a venerable history and is a well-known site of pilgrimage.[2]

Assumption of Mary Church in Andocs

Coat of arms
Location of Andocs
Coordinates: 46.64980°N 17.92111°E / 46.64980; 17.92111
Country Hungary
RegionSouthern Transdanubia
RC DioceseKaposvár
  Total43.27 km2 (16.71 sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)(+36) 84
NUTS 3 codeHU232
MPMihály Witzmann (Fidesz)
WebsiteAndocs Online

The settlement is part of the Balatonboglár wine region.[3]


Already mentioned in the 1332-37 papal tithe records is a parish in the village. During the Turkish occupation, the Jesuit All Saints' church (also known as the church of Our Lady, "Nagyboldogasszony") and the parish were forsaken, and all that remained intact was the statue of the Virgin Mary. This was recognized as a miraculous preservation by the Jesuit priest Miklós Horváth, who developed Andocs into a place of pilgrimage between 1665 and 1681. Originally Gothic, the church was expanded with a Baroque nave in the 18th century.

In the 17th century already several miraculous incidents involving the "Mary of Andocs" were recorded; to this day, the statue is dressed every second Friday of the month. Many of the donated cloaks, following the 1747 example of Countess Katalin Széchenyi, are on display in the "Museum of the Cloaks."[4]

A Franciscan monastery was built in 1721 but burned down a few years later, though the Gothic chapel next to it survived intact. This was another miraculous phenomenon and the chapel became the sanctuary of the current church, which was extended with a Baroque nave and consecrated in 1747, the occasion of Countess Széchenyi's donation.[5] It was restored in the 20th century.[6]

The chapel and the church have been a pilgrimage place for over almost four centuries. The parish feast is held on 15 August, the Feast of the Assumption; nine other feasts attract pilgrims to the village.[2][7]

According to László Szita the settlement was completely Hungarian in the 18th century.[8]

Church exterior

Church interior


Museum of the Cloaks


  1. Andocs, KSH
  2. "Andocs (The County of Somogy)". National and Historical Symbols of Hungary. Prime Minister's Office, Hungarian Government. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
  3. A Balatonboglári borvidék hegyközségi tanácsának alapszabálya (PDF)
  4. "Museum of the Cloaks of the Virgin Mary (Mária-ruhák Múzeuma), Andocs". Vendegvaro: Hungary Starts Here. 2000–2007. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
  5. "Andocs, Franciscan Friary"., Ministry of Cultural Heritage (Hungary). Retrieved 2008-12-01. Note: corrupted webpage; mirror at
  6. Draper, Phil (2001-09-28). "Some Abbeys and Pilgrimage Churches in Western Hungary". Archived from the original on 2003-11-23. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
  7. "Roman Catholic church of Our Lady (Nagyboldogasszony), Andocs". Vendegvaro: Hungary Starts Here. 2000–2007. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
  8. László Szita : Somogy megyei nemzetiségek településtörténete a XVIII-XIX. században - Somogyi Almanach 52. (Kaposvár, 1993)
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