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Egri Törökfürdő
 

3300- Eger
Fürdő u. 1-3.

 


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You may spend some nice days in one of the most friendly towns of Hungary, if you visit the Turkish Baths or the Town Baths (Városi Termálfürd?) in Eger.

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This land is rich in thermal waters. It was one of the first towns which officially got license to build bathing facilities at the beginning of the 20C. Though, the bathing culture in Eger started long before that time. The Turkish Baths were built in the 17C after the Turks invaded Hungary, and captured the fort of Eger. Visiting this old spa of Eger will take you back in time to another world and you might get an authentic experience of the Turkish baths by lounging in the various pools. Nowadays there is a healing center of balneal-therapy under the control of specialists and doctors. The water here contains radon, thus bathing here is recommended for those who suffer from any kinds of motor disease.

History

Eger and its surroundings are rich in finds from the Stone Ages. If you are interested in these, you can visit the Cave of Istállósk? (Istállósk?i barlang) or Cave Pesk?, Cave Subalyuk. These are all near places to Eger, which are worth a visit ba a little excursion in the Bükk Hills.


After, during the time of the great migrations, all kinds of people like the Sarmatians, Germans and Avars left something behind. This made this land an important place for archeologists.


When the Hungarians invaded the Carpathian Basin in the 10C, they settled here immediately. Stephen I made an Episcopal see at the beginning of the 11C and the town has been an ecclesiastical center ever since. The town was first deserted after the Tatar forces invaded Hungary in the 13C. After Béla IV made some reconstructions, and the castle of Eger became a strong fort. In the 15C the town flourished until the Turks invaded Hungary in the 16C. In 1592 the Turks finally captured Eger, and became a part of the Ottoman Empire. There are lots of monuments from this period around the town even nowadays. In the 18C, after brushing off the yoke of the Ottoman Empire, all kinds of monastic orders moved back to Eger and settled here. The reconstructions of the town started. New houses, schools, churches and other important buildings were built mostly in Baroque style. These building are dominating in the town, even nowadays. In the 19C some the town started to develop industrially. In the 20C other reconstructions were made, the theatre was built and the first bathing facilities. In the 1960s the old centre of the town became preserved.

Place of interest


After refreshing your self in one of the spas, you should take a walk in the town which is full of interesting sights, historical and cultural monuments.


It is worth it to get lost a little in the centre of the town. Even if you walk around the narrow streets without real destination, you’ll find something interesting on every corner or small square. Off course, there are some sights, which you shouldn’t miss, like the great Cathedral opposite the Theatre, the Archbishop’s Palace nearby. If you walk to István Dobó tér, you’ll see the great statue of this Hungarian hero in the middle of the square. To the right is the Town Hall and the Minorite Church, to the left is a not so beautiful shopping centre and straight is the way to the castle. First walk on the narrow street to the left, cross the small Stream Eger, and continue your walk on Mecset utca. By the end of the street you’ll reach the Minaret. It is worth it to walk up the steps for some great views.


If you would like to visit exhibitions, there is a great range of different kinds of displays in the Castle, including local history and arts. Walking around the castle is also interesting; you might get an experience of the 16C. You can look around the whole town with the eyes of one of the former defenders of the castle. There is also an interesting exhibition on the corner of Széchenyi utca, near the Cistercian Church in the Pharnacy Museum.


If you have the time and the possibility to discover the surround of Eger, don’t miss to visit Szépasszonyvölgy a couple of kilometers to the southwest of Eger. It is a very popular place due to the abundance of wine cellars and restaurants. A little further, but the same way, you can reach Egeszalók, an other spa near Eger (to read more about this spa, see the descriptions of Egerszalók). You can visit one of the oldest churches in Hungary from the 10C, if you visit Tarnaszentmária. The village is 15km far from Eger on the West.


If you like to take some excursions, the Bükk Hills is a great place for this. The nature and sights of this land is worth the tour!


Besides these, Eger has a lively cultural life, so before traveling, try to get to know about festivals or other performances during your stay here!

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