Another Day in Szombathely

Trip Start Jul 16, 2008
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Another day in Hungary.

Nothing to do but wander around and finally do some sight-seeing.

First stop - Roman ruins. Not much to see. Some old columns that have been restored. Apparently this part of Hungary used to be part of the Roman empire... with a completely different name of course. I think it was called Savaria.

The ruins in the bank are much more impressive. What a brilliant idea to expose the remains of the Roman city under the bank by having a glass floor. Some columns are visible as well as the remains of a street. Very well done, though I felt a bit strange walking over the top of it.

Wandering around town it's still impossible to go very far without running into friends.

At first I thought this building was a church. I didn't realise that synagogues also have twin spires similar to many churches in eastern Europe. Or did they copy the style. In any case it was rather poignant as this really impressive synagogue was only built in the late 1800's, then during the second world war, all the Jews were collected into the ghetto which was established in the area immediately behind the synagogue. And eventually basically the whole Jewish population (over 4000 people) was deported. And now what has become of the synagogue? There is a plaque outside commemorating the deportation, but I gather the synagogue is no longer used. Or maybe as a theatre during communist times.

I had tea in what had a lot of promise as a really nice, cozy pub... but when I saw that they had Guiness on tap I began to get really worried. What am I talking about? The music! For some reason all the other pubs I'd been into had been superb but in this place they seem to have decided to up the volume and play the sort of crap that is common in trendy places in Hobart - that is, something that is called music but is just some repetitive beat, over and over again. Was this a tie-in with the Guiness? I say yes.

Apart from the music the interior of the pub was actually superb with various rooms all underground, couches, tables... very nice. Pity they had to ruin it.
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