Szombathely is the 10th largest city in Hungary, 80,000 inhabitans. It is the administrative centre of Vas county in the west of the country, located near the border with Austria.
Szombathely is the oldest recorded city in Hungary. It was founded by the Romans in 45 AD under the name of Colonia Claudia Savariensum (Claudius' Colony of Savarians), and it was the capital of the Pannonia Superior province of the Roman Empire. Szombathely is known as the birthplace of Saint Martin of Tours, the Duke of Armbrust, and Rudolf Virág, Leopold Bloom's father in James Joyce's Ulysses.
Calvary Church (also known as the Holy Cross Parish Church) is a very small church, which was built around 1730.
The church's organ was built by the german Hermann Eule organ factory in 1987. The Eule factory known the major repairer and restorer of the Gottfried Silbermann organs. The organ of Calvary Church was built in Silbermann style, using authentic materials and techniques, baroque tuning. It was Hungary's first authentic baroque organ. Spányi Miklós organist recorded several CDs with the organ. The organ was cleaned and retuned by Dr. Gyula Kormos 2007.