Remembering Béla Széchenyi and Aurél Stein

The exhibition invites visitors for a joint journey so that they could familiarize themselves with the workmanship of Aurél Stein, world famous archaeologist-explorer of the Silk Road, and the expedition made by Béla Széchenyi, who established a Hungarian research tradition with the Silk Road in its focal point.


By exploring the relics and documents of the special culture evolving in the intellectual melting pot along the Silk Road, Stein brought the Oriental world closer to Europe, whereas with his geographical, cartographical and geological descriptions it was the Széchenyi-expedition that performed a really pioneering work.

The exhibition organized jointly by the Oriental Collection of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Pallas Athene Innovation and Geopolitical Foundation (PAIGEO) – in cooperation with the Chinese Dunhuang Academy – guides its visitors at the 100th anniversary of Béla Széchenyi’s and the 75th anniversary of Aurél Stein’s death, respectively, with the help of historic photos, maps, letters, manuscripts, early and modern 
publications and films to the venues of the discoveries, including the most famous artistic relics of the area, namely the Thousand Buddhas cave-temples, the modern age discoveries of which are closely connected to these Hungarian travellers and scientists.

Have a look at the catalogue produced for the exhibition