The city lies 65km (40 miles) from the capital, Budapest. The name Székesfehérvár means “white castle with the seat” with the word szék (meaning “seat” as in the “throne”) relating to its important role in the first centuries of the Kingdom of Hungary.
Székesfehérvár, called Alba Regia in the Middle Ages, is one of the most ancient Hungarian towns. Significant events of Hungary's history have taken place here during the centuries. The king's throne and the symbols of royal power were kept here. It was also the place where kings were crowned and buried. The important medieval administrative and religious city of kings and bishops was an early home of church schools thus making Székesfehérvár a centre for education centuries ago.