There are many famous historical buildings in the city of Eger and many attractions can be found here


Founding of Eger

The founding of the city is due to Saint István, who founded the bishopric of Eger between 1001-1009 as one of the ten bishoprics. In 1241, the settlement was destroyed during the Tatar invasion. In 1248 IV. Béla built a stone castle here and the city was able to began to develop again. The buildings created during the Turkish subjugation are now have become popular tourist destinations.

Sights of Eger


Castle of Eger

During the battles against the Ottoman Empire, after the division of Hungary into three parts, Egri Castle became important fortress. In 1552, István Dobó and his army of 2,000 castle defenders faced a Turkish army of 40,000 people. After a 38-day siege, they managed to defend the castle of Eger and thus managed to prevent the Turks conquests. In 1596, it was no longer possible to defend the castle. The city came under Turkish rule for 91 years. It was recaptured the castle in 1687. Nowadays, the castle is a national monument. The castle is home to the István Dobó castle museum and we can also see various exhibitions. Inside the castle, you can see the ruins of the excavated former buildings, the bishop's palace built in 1470. A popular exhibition is the Prison Museum exhibition. In the Panopticon, we can see the wax sculptures of the characters of the Eger Stars. And we can also visit the grave of Géza Gárdonyi, the author of the Egre Stars.


Dobó square

The square in the center of Eger is already mentioned in 18th-century records, then only as the town's market. It gained its current role after the relocation of local trade and gained its current role after a long development. For a while, the space was named after Lajos Kossuth, but today it bears the name of István Dobó again. In the middle of the square we find a statue wich Alajos Stróbl made. The Town Hall and the Minorite Church are also located here.


The Basilica of Eger and the Archbishop's Palace

The Basilica of Eger is the second largest Basilica in Hungary after the one in Esztergom. It won the title of Basilica in 1970. The building was built between 1831-1836. It was built on the basis of József Hild's plans for Archbishop János Pyrker of Eger. The interior of the temple took more than 120 years made. In the historic heart of the city is the archbishop's palace, which was opened to visitors in 2016. Through the exhibited objects, we can learn about the past of the diocese and the palace. We can also get a glimpse of the bishop's work, his study, his treasury and his library of books and pictures.


Minaret of Eger

The 40-meter-high Eger Minaret can be found in the historic city of Eger. There is no exact information about the time of its construction. It was built between 1595-1664, and its peak was only added to the roof of the building in 1896. This building serves as a European monument of the Ottoman Empire. From the time of the Turkish rule, this one in the city survived in its entirety, there were once 10 of them in the city, but the other nine were destroyed.



We can visit several churches in the city, the Minorite church on the main square, the Servite church built in the 18th century, the Baroque-style Fernces church, completed in 1755, or the Cistercian church, completed in 1743, located in the heart of the city center, or Greek-Eastern Serbian Rác church, located a few minutes' walk from the city center.


Egeri Lyceum és Szépasszony Valley

The building was built between 1766-1785. It was originally built for university purposes, but it only received this rank in 2016. Its first designer was Gerl Mátyás, later Jakab Fellner took over the task. Another attraction of Eger is Szépasszonyvölgy. The first archival mention of the valley occurs in 1843. Eger viticulture dates back to the 1200s. 200 wine cellar can be found here. Many wineries, restaurants and accommodation await guests in the valley.

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