Both Prince Géza, who selected the location for the Benedictine monks, and King Saint Stephen (the first king and founder of Hungary) were convinced that the great bishop of Tours, Saint Martin was born near "Mons Sacer" or "Sacred Mountain". That’s the reason for granting the holy hill of Pannonia to the monks arriving from Bohemia.
There are Roman early and late Gothic and Renaissance elements in the minster. The Archabbey Archive treasures several valuable documents, the most famous one is the deed of foundation of Tihany Abbey dating from 1055 which is the earliest written record of the Hungarian (at the same time Finno-Ugrian) language.
The Archabbey has a significant collection of paintings, prints, coins, antiquities and treasures as well as a protected botanical garden with lavender fields .