The City of Eger

Trip Start Sep 22, 2008
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Friday, October 17, 2008

Eger is a city in the north east of Hungary and has been inhabited since stone age. The name Eger comes from the Hungarian word for Alder tree which seem to grow everywhere in this region.

The Hungarians moved here in the 10th century and settled in the valleys to produce agriculture. The 14th to 16th centuries brought fame to Eger with the production of wine. The bishops here helped to build beautiful cities here under the reign of King Mathias. It was the start of the renaissance for Eger.

However this eaceful time was soon to be finished with the invasion of the Ottoman Empire. In 1552, at the Siege of Eger, less than 2000 men, women and children helped to keep off 80,000 turkish soldiers. Howveer, the Turks returned in 1596 with a much larger army and eventually over-run the small town of Eger.

Turkish rule lasted for 91 years with the Turks turning Eger into an Adimistrative area of Turkey. The castle was rebuilt, thermal baths and minarets were put in around the city. All of the churches were converted to Mosques.

However, in 1687 the city was retaken and the turks in the castle were starved out. Tha armies of the Hapsburg Dynasties who had taken over the rest of Hungary finally forced the turks to leave.

As can be seen in the fotos, many remnants of the turks are still left in the building designs etc.

More about Eger can be found here:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eger,_Hungary
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vanyak
vanyak on

Wiki forever :)
Reading your post I thought 'Wow!! Scott becomes a history scientist!'

scottik38
scottik38 on

Re: Wiki forever :)
heheheh yes it's amazing what you can find from Wikipedia :-)

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