The Heroes’ Tower or Heroes’ Gate was built in 1932 in eclectic style. It was completed by the 400-year anniversary of the Turkish siege. Currently it is one of Kőszeg’s symbol. It was designed by Flóris Opaterny. In the place of Heroes’s Tower there stood the southern Lower Gate-tower, demolished in 1880 that was one of the most important defensive points in the town since the 13th century. However, the besiegers seldom laid a siege to this gate directly since the moat was the deepest here and the drawbridge was inaccessible. This gate was the most important entrance of the town as it welcomed everyone coming with peaceful intention and was also employed to keep the enemy from the town. This gate was under the protection of the Old Tower that we have already seen during our walk before, the distance of which was so long that the protectors could use their weapons the most effectively against the enemy. This gate can be seen in the coat-of-arms of the town and the key to it was the symbol of the mayor’s power, too. The tower also hosted the musicians who played their music at noon and in the evenings since 1723 and who were paid by Tamás Nádasdy Foundation. Before 1723, the town drummer gave signals at the most important parts of the day and he also alerted at fire.
O the right of the Heroes’ gate there stands the so-called General House. The machicolation, the arched cellar and the double arched loggia all refer to the medieval renaissance style. City magistrate announced here their decisions and sentences. As far as we know, no similar loggia has been found in Hungary yet. This house hosted the catholic people chased out of their church between 1563 and 1671. The town bought the house from Tamás Nádasdy in 1719 and placed the general of the mounted garrison troops. This fact refers to its name. Since 1977, it has been the restorers’ workshop of the local museum and some office were placed here and also, there’s an exhibition presenting the craftsmanship of Kőszeg. You can reach the panorama balcony of Heroes’ Tower from here where you can admire the wonderful view of Kőszeg.
The small town with nearly 12,000 residents, with sub-alpine climate, is situated at the foothills of the Alps. The settlement and its vicinity at the foot of the Kőszeg hills, in the valley of the brook Gyöngyös has been inhabited since the 6th-7th centuries. In the 14th century it was given the rank of free royal town. The castle built in the13th century was named after captain Miklós Jurisics, who managed to hold up the Turkish troops advancing towards Vienna in 1532 with the help of the inhabitants. Its guilds, trade, vine growing and wine making, schools have a long history. The mediaeval town centre was not affected by the historical events, so inside the one-time town walls, the remains of which can still be seen, the houses have been preserved in their original form in Jurisics square and in the neighbouring streets.
(Source-www.Koszeg.hu & hungary.com)
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ifege (10719) 2010-06-13 0:40
I would have thought that the tower was much older and it certainly fits in with the surrounding older buildings. good POV and colour.
snunney (106533) 2010-06-13 0:59
A fine composition on this impressive monument. The image has a pleasing mood to it and lovely palette of harmonious tones. I wish you a very pleasant Sunday.
Royaldevon (43407) 2010-06-13 1:20
Good Morning George,
A surprisingly youthful building!
I like your pov which uses the converging walls of the buildings to funnel the viewer's attention towards the archway, and the buildings beyond. It does produce a great sense of depth.
Oh, I bet you wish that those walkers had been wearing red!
Love the contrast between the light and shade.
Have a good w/e, my friend,
kordinator (22535) 2010-06-13 1:26
Beautiful architecture of the impressive arched gateway.
Color surprising and two beautiful towers, fine POV and framing.
Good management of light.
vasilpro (41661) 2010-06-13 1:27
Excellent POV, interesting architecture, very good light management, lovely colors, useful notes.
Have a nice Sunday, Vasilis.
JCG (35129) 2010-06-13 4:29
The low-relief carved on this lathe superb and is belonged integral part to the beauty of this original and interesting architecture. I like much this beautiful autumnal light and the harmony of the colors. To saunter in this city must be very pleasant. Beautiful glance and thank you for the interesting note.
With all my friendships and very good Sunday,
Sergiom (88317) 2010-06-13 5:11
Très beau point de vue sur cette arche. Les couleurs sont très belles et le ciel magnifique. Les passants donnent une dimension à l'ensemble.
npecanhuk (78549) 2010-06-13 5:39
Very nice and interesting architecture and urban photoraph!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, dof, colors, vertical format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congratulations!
dkmurphys (64573) 2010-06-13 7:01
Pretty cold in Hungary these days:P Nice angle and shadows. Beautiful architecture. Good work.
carlosmarin (11954) 2010-06-13 7:40
beautiful setting of the Tower of Heroes.
Pretty, contrasting colors. Good play of light and shadows.
Silvio1953 (152991) 2010-06-13 9:47
Ciao George, great perspective on fantastic tower, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-06-13 13:15
Hello George! Amazing heroes tower, superb architecture, nice scene, very nice pair, gorgeous light and shadow, superb sky, marvelous colours. Good capture and frame. Interesting information. Good luck!
Fante (5429) 2010-06-13 13:33
excelent street photo with nice shadows.. Great DOF. Very dynamic photo with many details which show the beautiful tower in Koszeg. Excelent sharpness and nice colors. Bravo
jlbrthnn (76039) 2010-06-13 15:04
This city and of other in Hungary were ramparts against the enemies and invaders of Europe. Very interesting note. Excellent photograph of quality. Cheer.
JFS (32459) 2010-06-13 22:04
Interesting architecture and remarkable management of light, harmonious lights and shadows.
Have a nice day
danyy (0) 2010-06-13 22:18
une très jolie porte et un décor original à l'ancienne, une photo que j'aurai bien vue en b&w ou en sépia. Excellent cadrage et POV qui donnent de la perspective. C'est net et bien exposé.
jjcordier (79297) 2010-06-14 0:33
Malgré l'ombre forte au premier plan, tu as réussi à bien mettre en valeur cette belle tour qui se détache de fort belle façon sur ce beau ciel bleu.
danos (103144) 2010-06-14 0:47
Good morning George,
good presentation of the Heroes’ Tower with the side buildings to create perspective and depth in the scene.The existence of the waling pair adds life in the image and the light management make it more effective.Well done.
Have a nice week,Danos
saxo042 (37966) 2010-06-14 4:29
A very attractive street scene with all these old buildings. I like the play between shadows and light here and also the interesting note.
nszeretlek (1199) 2010-11-07 13:42
Hi George ,
I posted , with much less success than you , a very similar picture that i took in Koszeg ...In yours i like the centralised position of the tower that helps to center the composition with those radial streets triggering outside the picture with an almost perfect symmetry ...
Still learning some Hungarian words and wishing you a Jo napot kivanok !