Eger Hungary

From the village of Aggtelek to the city of Eger, we are running through the Great Hungarian Plain.

From the village of Aggtelek to the city of Eger, we are running through the Great Hungarian Plain.

Going into the city of Eger; Stall of strawberry and watermelon, Distant view Eger.

Going into the city of Eger; Roadside stall of strawberry and watermelon, Distant view Eger.

Eger is the county seat of Heves County, and the second largest town in Northern Hungary after Miskolc. It has a population of 54,609 inhabitants (2015 census). Eger is best known for its castle, thermal baths, historic buildings (including the northernmost Ottoman minaret), dishes and red wines.

 Eger Town Map

Eger Town Map

Explanation board of Eger Hungary

Explanation board of Eger Hungary

Arrive at the city of Eger, we are going to a main square called Dobó István tér first.

Dobó István Square Eger Hungary

Dobó István Square and a statue of captain István Dobó Eger Hungary

Baron István Dobó de Ruszka was a Hungarian soldier, the best known as the successful defender of Eger against the Ottomans in 1552.

Minorite Church of Franciscan Order on the Dobó István Square

Minorite Church of Franciscan Order on the Dobó István Square

Minorite Church was built by the 13th century and was made into a Mosque during the Turkish occupation of Hungary. When the Turks were driven out in the 17th century, the General of the Imperial forces donated it back to the Franciscan order.

The interior of the Minorite Church Eger Hungary

The interior of the Minorite Church Eger Hungary

The altar of the Virgin of Sorrows and the statue of St. Anthony of Padua Minorite Church Eger Hungary.

The altar of the Virgin of Sorrows and the statue of St. Anthony of Padua Minorite Church Eger.

City Hall on the Dobó István Square Eger

City Hall on the Dobó István Square Eger

After the Dobó István Square, we are walking to the famous castle of Eger Hungary.

Statue of Dobo Istvan in the Gárdonyi Géza Square and Eger Creek.

Statue of Dobo Istvan in the Gárdonyi Géza Square and Eger Creek.

Stone Fortress, Eger Castle

Stone Fortress, Eger Castle

Built in 13th century the Castle of Eger is known for repelling the Turkish attack in 1552 during the Siege of Eger.

We are walking around the castle's premises.

We are walking around the castle’s premises.

In 1552, a Turkish army of 35000-40000 soldiers attacked the castle which had 2100-2300 defenders. The siege failed as the Turks suffered heavy casualties.

Views of Dobó István Square, Minorita Church and Turkish Minaret from the Eger Castle.

Views of Dobó István Square, Minorita Church and Turkish Minaret from the Eger Castle.

Running out of time, unfortunately we do not enter the Dobó István Castle Museum and go to the cathedral.

Walking to the cathedral of Eger through the Kossuth Lajos Street. St. Stephen's Fountain, Charles Esterhazy College, College History Museum and Archbishop's Palace

Walking to the cathedral of Eger through Kossuth Lajos Street. St. Stephen’s Fountain, Charles Esterhazy College, College History Museum and Archbishop’s Palace

Arrived at Eszterházy Square, strange ruins like necropolis appear. It is called “Város a Város Alatt” (Town under the town). It was originally bishop’s wine cellar.

Entrance of Town Under The Town (Város a Város Alatt)

Entrance of Town Under The Town (Város a Város Alatt)

After the Turkish occupation bishop György Fenessy having returned to Eger did not want to live in the castle any more. The diocese built a new palace and created the huge wine cellar in the town center of Eger. The cellar system of the archbishopric used to be 4 kilometres long under the town centre.

Inside of Town Under The Town

Inside of Town Under The Town

The cathedral is next to Town Under The Town. The Basilica is the classic building in Eger, the second largest church in Hungary.

Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist Cathedral Eger

Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist Cathedral Eger

The Cathedral of Eger was built between 1831 and 1836 in classical style. The length of the church is 93 meters, the width 53 meters, while the arising towers next to the sanctuary are 54 meters high.

Façade of Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist Cathedral Eger

Façade of Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist Cathedral Eger

Interior of the cathedral

Interior of Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist Cathedral.

Interior of the cathedral, the main altar, the Basilica's dome, the stained glasses and the organ above the main entrance.

Interior of the cathedral, the main altar, the Basilica’s dome, the stained glasses and the organ above the main entrance.

Street scene in the town of Eger Hungary.

Street scene in the town of Eger Hungary.

After the Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist Cathedral, we are walking through the town centre and going to Valley of the Beautiful Woman of Eger Hungary

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