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Hi trekearth friends,

Last week i was in Hungary and Romania.

I visited this imponent monument in the center of Szeged City.

The city of Szeged, situated at the confluence of the rivers Tisza and Maros, is also known as the "city of sunshine" because the annual number of sunshine hours exceeds 2100.

Because of its favourable location it has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Its name is first mentioned in a charter in 1183 in connection with
salt trade. It acquired its city status before 1247 and became a free royal city in 1498.

On 12 March 1879 the Tisza flooded the city. Today's unified cityscape was created during the years of reconstruction at the turn of the century.

Szeged acquired international recognition in 1937, when Albert Szent-Gyögyi
received a Nobel Prize.

World-famous products originating from here include the inimitable Pick
salami and the Szeged red paprika which provides a fine taste to Hungarian
dishes such as Szeged fish soup.

Several of the town's most famous buildings are situated on one of the
finest squares in the country, Dóm Square (which, you may be interested to know, is the same size as St. Mark's in Venice): Votive Church (pictured above), with a mosaic of the Madonna in the sanctuary dressed in a long embroidered felt cloak and Szeged slippers, this vast neo-Romanesque edifice was completed in 1930, funded by those who escaped the flood. The
five-board, 10,000-pipe organ is the key instrument at organ concerts frequently organised in the church.

IN WORKSHOP YOU CAN SEE A LARGE VIEW OF THIS SQUARE

I hope you like i
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