The birth of the only free royal city of historical Vas county dates back to the third quarter of the 13th century. Its foundation is due to the Volfer branch of the Héder clan that settled in Hungary in 1157. Two members of the founding Kőszegi family, Henry II and his son Ivan, relocated the centre of the family from Németújvár to Kőszeg before 1274. Charles of Anjou ended the Kőszegi family’s rule in 1327. One year later, in 1328 he promoted Kőszeg to the rank of the royal town. During the time of the Anjou rulers, between 1347-1381, the boundaries of the town were also established. In 1392 the king’s town became a manorial town. It was redeemed by palatine Miklós Garai from the Ellerbach family of Monyorókerék, who had taken it as a pledge from Sigismund of Luxemburg 5 years earlier. The Garai-era came to an end in 1441.
Kőszeg became the main scene for the events of the 1532 campaign in the third wave of the 16th century’s Turkish menace. Between 5-30 August, 1532, the Commander-in-Chief Ibrahim led nineteen sharp attacks against Kőszeg, the defence of which was organised by Miklós Jurisich, the mutual captain of the town and the castle, which had been mortgaged to him in 1529. After the last abortive attack a revolt among the janissaries made the Turkish supreme command withdraw. The last contingent of the disengaging Turkish troops left the outskirts – as tradition has it – at 11 o’clock on 30th August, 1532. In memory of this event, the church bells have been tolled at 11 o’clock since 1777.
The free royal city had its longest peaceful period during the 18th century. The town – for the first time in its history – tried to compensate its losses by establishing a settlement of Schwabendorf (Kőszegfalva) in 1712.
Kőszeg lost its primary situation in Vas county in the first half of the 19th century. During the reform period only a few craftsmanship sections could survive the production crisis of guild industry. The establishment of share companies, society-establishments and the first banking institution in the county are all signs of early civil development in Kőszeg.
Kőszeg was granted the Hild-award in 1978 for preserving its architectural heritage. From 1990 the town has been operating in a local government and market setting and has been looking for ways of renewal by means of capital input again.
(Source – www.koszeg.hu)
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ManuMay (34409) 2010-06-11 0:49
Very nice place, it looks peaceful and seren...good colours and nice atmosphere, optim point of view to show to us this very beautiful...
Have a nice day...
JFS (32459) 2010-06-11 0:55
Wonderful daily life shot of this cosy small village. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day!
lousat (73197) 2010-06-11 0:58
Hi George,what a nice and colorfull corner,another time you choose the best light for the best result,very nice composition and perspective too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-06-11 1:05
Hello George! Nice square, very fine lantern and benches, gorgeous people, fine light and colours, good capture, ideal frame, interesting information. Well done! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
ikeharel (53443) 2010-06-11 1:28
Lovely daily life in a small town , calm atmo. very neat and clean.
Nice prespective, and interesting note.
npecanhuk (61868) 2010-06-11 1:53
Bom dia Jorge! Como está?
(Good Morning George! How're you doing?)
Well, my friend, that's another pretty nice and lovely urban photograph! So many details to be enjoyed... so many shapes and colors! This image really invites me for a visit!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, dof, colors, vertical & rectangular format, black & white borders, pp, contrasts and composition are all excellent here, as usual!
TFS - congratulations!
My sincere warmest regards,
gildasjan (41152) 2010-06-11 2:00
C'est une vraie musique de couleurs pour cette image bien cadrée.Elle est superbe cette petite place.
snunney (79973) 2010-06-11 2:10
A lovely composition of the attractive square, where it must be pleasant to sit and while away the time. The architecture is very appealing and nicely detailed in this sharp image. Very good colours.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-06-11 3:34
It looks very quiet here, nice and luminous image of this little sleepy town
Have a nice day jY
Sergiom (55767) 2010-06-11 4:24
Très beau petit square de village. Ces petits bancs publics semblent bien invitants. Les couleurs des maisons sont bien reproduites.
carlosmarin (11954) 2010-06-11 4:25
beautiful scene of daily life.
The colors of the image give a very special atmosphere and very nice.
jhm (136096) 2010-06-11 4:50
Very well perspective and depth picture.
Lovely cityscape, the bench in foreground are a nice place for a break
The colour saturation is very pleasant for look at.
Compostion and presentation are very nice. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
francio64 (38264) 2010-06-11 5:05
bello scorcio cittadino con piacevole architettura.
Immagine ricca di colore e con una buona gestione della luce.
John_F_Kennedy (42048) 2010-06-11 5:33
Very sharp and clear shot, good framing and beautiful architecture. Love the benches in the center of the picture.
nszeretlek (1199) 2010-06-11 6:48
Very nice place that i remember quite well since i attended a Hungarian wedding there . I love the profusion of colours and architectonical details in your picture . A nice one for your extense collection :)
vasilpro (40865) 2010-06-11 7:48
Beautiful square, very fine light management and lovely colors, excellent composition, interesting architecture.
Kellemes hétvégét kívánok, Vasilis.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2010-06-11 8:35
Your note is interesting. I like also the light and the colors of this place of a city full with history, with the pleasant dwellings and height moderate. An image which one has pleasure to see with his details and his life of every day. An image of high-quality. Cheer.
Have a nice day
Silvio1953 (117383) 2010-06-11 8:36
Ciao George, good perspective on lovely square, splendid light and colors, excellent clarity, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
wojtpod (774) 2010-06-11 10:50
I like small towns! Very good, strong colors. Nice architecture.
Thanks for sharing!
Fante (5429) 2010-06-11 12:45
this is a really rich palette of colors. Excelent photo of this beautiful square. Brilliant composition, great colors. Good simetry streaching from left side. Amazing sharpness. Very interesting architecture. Bravo
ifege (10223) 2010-06-11 15:04
A good town scape George - well composed with lots of interesting detail.
danyy (0) 2010-06-11 23:20
une carte postale bien encadrée avec de bien jolies couleurs, éclatant dans des lumières bien dosées. Une belle journée pour une balade photo. Un endroit calme et propre.
jjcordier (74022) 2010-06-11 23:31
Intéressante et lumineuse composition avec une belle exploitation de ces jolies maisons colorées.
ines8 (6090) 2010-06-12 12:17
Superb composition, beautiful place, i like this calm atmosphere! Colours are wonderful.
TopGeo (38192) 2010-06-12 23:08
I like perspective and colorfull points! Very good small town strong colors. Nice architecture.
Thanks for sharing!
Best regards,Have a nice day...
pablominto (53744) 2010-06-13 0:06
A fine scene from city square on this pleasant autumn day!
The good light renders vivid colours and sharp fine details in the traditional architecture...
The empty benches seem to be waiting for occupants to enjoy this fine day!
Leconte (5795) 2010-06-13 4:49
lovely scene of daily life, a peaceful and charming place in a beautiful light, bright colors and vivid,
have a nice sunday,
yeln (11504) 2010-06-13 10:03
well taken foto!
excellent composition and vivid amazing colours!
Interesting note too.
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-06-13 10:18
Lovely colors in this fine picture of this peaceful square
Excellent POV, sharpness and light
Well framed with the street lamp on right side
Have a nice week
kordinator (14831) 2010-06-14 0:51
Very nice place.
Excellent colours and nice atmosphere.
Fine sharpness and contrast.
Very well framed.
dkmurphys (47258) 2010-06-25 0:48
what a beautiful atmosphere. I like the benches in this small square. The architecture is amazing. great quiet atmosphere.
jrleborgne (1554) 2011-07-30 6:03
Sujet simple et minimaliste, très bel ensemble de couleurs.
C'est très réussi.