The seat of Bács-Kiskun County is also known as the "Famous Town". Kecskemét apricot brandy, Art Nouveau buildings decorated with colourful ceramics, and the "Kodály method" of teaching music have spread its fame far and wide. The system of teaching music developed by composer and native of Kecskemét Zoltán Kodály attracts people from all over the world to the Kodály Institute.
Famous buildings on the spacious Kossuth Square: the glazed tile roof, colourful floral decorations, and beautiful frescos in the magnificent Gala Hall make the TOWN HALL a masterpiece of Hungarian Art Nouveau and the country's most beautiful such office. Chimes are rung every hour, the melodies of which were composed by Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967).
The FRANCISCAN CHURCH and CALVARY was built 600 years ago; it is the town's oldest church with a rich Baroque interior. The foundations of the CALVINIST CHURCH were laid in the 15th century. The GREAT CHURCH or OLD CHURCH was designed by a Purist father, and is the Hungarian Great Plain's largest cathedral in the style of Louis XVI.
The ZOLTÁN KODÁLY INSTITUTE OF MUSIC EDUCATION occupies the now reconstructed former Franciscan monastery. On the ground floor there is an exhibition of the life and career of the great master.