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.
Arrive at the city of Eger, we are going to a main square called Dobó István tér first.
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 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.
After the Dobó István Square, we are walking to the famous castle of Eger Hungary.
Built in 13th century the Castle of Eger is known for repelling the Turkish attack in 1552 during the Siege of Eger.
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.
Running out of time, unfortunately we do not enter the Dobó István Castle Museum and go to the cathedral.
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.
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.
The cathedral is next to Town Under The Town. The Basilica is the classic building in Eger, the second largest church in Hungary.
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.
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