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    MOSAICS & MORE IN KOSSUTH SQUARE

    by balhannah Updated Feb 14, 2014

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    I nearly missed the mosaics, as I was walking around Kossuth square and were too busy looking up and enjoying the buildings and everything else.
    I happened to look down, and there I found a lovely mosaic, then another and another.
    I found out they are of the 9 planets, and perhaps something else, I'm not sure, but BE SURE TO LOOK DOWN!

    The square is where festivals and events are held. It was gorgeous the day I was there, the sun was shining, the brightly coloured Tulips were flowering, there was folk dancing, altogether it was a very enjoyable place to be.

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    LOCAL FOOD

    by balhannah Written Feb 13, 2014

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    There is always local food in the shops, but when there is entertainment or a festival on, I find there are stalls selling local food.
    This was the case at the Folk Dancing. It must have been good as there was quite a queue!
    Near the folk dancing, was a shop that sold Ice-creams, and I can tell you, it was doing a roaring trade! The ice-creams made my mouth water, I couldn't have one because I would had been too full to eat lunch!
    Worth remembering!

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    FOLK DANCING

    by balhannah Written Feb 13, 2014

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    Folk Dancing is very popular in Hungary, in particular Nyiregyhaza. As there is a huge interest, the city has a wide variety of dance groups including ballet, classical, modern, fashion and Latin dances, but the most popular is the Folk Dance. These Folk dance ensembles are trying to preserve the very rich folk heritage of Hungary and have done so quite well! Dance students who study at Nyiregyhaza, are able to find a job in Budapest as professional dancers, or show dancers in theatres.

    I didn't expect to see any folk dancing, even though I met a woman with a group of girls in traditional dresses. She was kind enough to let me take of photo of them all. I walked to Kossuth Square and kept on seeing more children dressed in folk costume.
    Being a VT detective, I followed them to the Founders Memorial where the stage was and performances were being held.
    It looked like it had been going all morning, as young adults were walking away and a lot of children had finished their dancing.
    What I saw I really liked, even though I couldn't understand the story they were telling.

    IT WAS FREE ENTERTAINMENT.
    I love it when I chance upon something like this!

    Nyíregyháza, holds the Nyírség International Folkdance Festival which is held every second year.

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    BUILDINGS IN KOSSUTH SQUARE

    by balhannah Updated Feb 13, 2014

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    The Town Hall, I guess, is the most important building in the square. Built in 1872, it is quite an impressive, strong looking building with centred arches and a balcony on the first floor overlooking the square. Above the balcony there are two Justitia statues on each end of the façade.
    You can go into the assembly hall to see an exhibition of pictures showing how Nyiregyhaza looked in the past.
    Other nice buildings were the Savings Bank, built in 1912. Its listed cashiers’ hall is covered with a stained-glass dome.
    Opposite is the 19th century Hotel Korona, built in 1895. It has three street-facing sides, which all look different.
    An interesting fact is that electric lamps were turned on for the first time in Nyíregyháza on the night of the hotel’s opening ball.

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    CATHOLIC BISHOPS PALACE

    by balhannah Written Feb 13, 2014

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    The Bishops Palace is an Art Nouveau building next to the Greek Catholic Church.
    Nyíregyháza is the centre of the Greek Catholic denomination. The Palace is where you find a historical collection of Greek Catholic religious art and treasures.
    The Bishops Palace was visited by Pope John Paul II.

    I am sorry I don't know the opening hours or prices.
    I didn't go in to see the display.

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    THE CITY FOUNDING FATHERS STATUE

    by balhannah Written Feb 13, 2014

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    The statue of the city's founding fathers shows Count Ferenc Károlyi and János Petrikovics boot-maker master from Szarvas, who both played important roles in re-settling the almost uninhabited town in 1753.
    They decided to colonize the area. Slovak Lutherans came and settled here.
    In 1753, Ferenc Károlyi had a number of privileges granted to the settlers so they could live free, timber would be given for construction of their homes, tax exemption was granted for three years, and they received their freedom.
    A total of 331 Slovak families settled in designated areas of Nyíregyháza. You can see what areas they settled on an engraved map located on the city's founding fathers statue pedestal.

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    LADY OF HUNGARIAN CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Feb 13, 2014

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    This Roman Catholic Church is another I couldn't enter. The exterior is beautiful and quite different to other churches in Nyiregyhaza. If you look at my photos, you will see two massive square towers that are divided into three floors, these are on either side of the main entrance. The Church is pretty well as it was when first built.

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    NATIONAL FLAG SQUARE

    by balhannah Written Feb 12, 2014

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    The National Flag Square is where the Monument of the Victims and Martyrs of WWII is located. In the square, I saw the "The Hungarian Hussar”, a bronze monument of a "hussar" [calvaryman] sitting upon his horse. A Hussar is a type of light cavalry which had a distinctive dress. The Hussars originated in Hungary during the 15th century.
    The hussars were part of city life from 1869, and contributed to the economical and social life of the city.

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    THE PALACE OF THE SAVINGS

    by balhannah Written Feb 12, 2014

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    The Palace of Savings, is that a nice way to say Bank? I guess so, as it was used as a Savings and Credit Society Bank.
    It certainly looked like a Palace and a very nice one at that! The Palace was built in Eclectic style, in 1912. This two-story building has columns, a mansard roof, is painted and and richly decorated.
    Today, it is known as a most important architectural masterpiece in Nyiregyhaza. It is still used as a Bank, but there are many other businesses using the building.

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    STATUE OF LAJOS KOSSUTH

    by balhannah Written Feb 12, 2014

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    I'm wandering around Kossuth square, and what do I find, but a big statue of Lajos Kossuth, of whom the square is named after.

    Lajos Kossuth lived between the years 1802 to 1894. He was a political reformer who inspired and led Hungary's struggle for independence from Austria.
    Kossuth came from a medium wealthy family. It was his radical ideas which he wrote about, that had him imprisoned for 3 years, getting out early because of an amnesty in 1840. He became a virtual dictator of Hungary.
    The main square of Budapest with the Hungarian Parliament Building is named after him, and the Kossuth Memorial is an important scene of national ceremonies. Most cities in Hungary have streets named after Kossuth and he has been placed on numerous banknote issues.

    He is remembered as a Hungarian national hero who stood for freedom and independence.

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    GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH OF BETHLEN

    by balhannah Updated Feb 12, 2014

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    The Greek Catholic Church of Bethlen, is one of many lovely Churches in Nyiregyhaza. The foundation stone was laid down in 1895 and building began almost immediately, how-ever financial difficulties stopped the progress of this Church. It was in 1897, when the Byzantine & Baroque Church whose Patron Saint is St. Nicholas, was completed. It was consecrated in the same year.
    I couldn't go inside as that is by appointment only. I liked the outside which was painted a lemon/yellow and had two tall towers.

    VISITS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

    Keys at the rectory.
    Services: Mon-Sat: 6.45am, 8am, 5.30pm, Sun: 8.30am, 10am , 12pm, 5.30pm

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    KALVIN TER REFORMED CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Feb 13, 2014

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    Kalvin Ter Reformed Church was built in romantic style between 1873-1882. The Church was dedicated in 1883.
    It's another Church with a tall tower..

    During Summer, concerts take place here.

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