Peaceful ornate square, Kőszeg
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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lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-06-29 2:39
A very spectacular shot of this square with many colorful buildings and the fountain. The square looks quiet except for a few people walking here and there. Nice benches for people who want to relax and enjoy the square. Superb colors and sharpness.
ifege (9951) 2011-06-29 2:58
A great photo of a towm sqaure - love the children running across.
snunney (75134) 2011-06-29 3:19
A very pleasant square with lots of nice architecture. The image is well composed using the sculpture to create depth. Light, colours and sharpness all feature well. An attractive atmosphere prevails.
bema (26205) 2011-06-29 3:35
you are strolling around so many fine market places and squares, really interesting..
this one here looks very calm and a bit like a smaller viillage ones.. nevertheless really a gorgeous picture!
have a nice weekend, see you around, greetings Bernd
Sergiom (49050) 2011-06-29 5:31
Un belle petite place comme on aimerait tous en avoir une. Très calme et colorée. Les belles terrases qui la ceinturent et les enfants qui s'y amusent.
cornejo (24647) 2011-06-29 8:24
György greetings. A composition very good of this simple but very nice square, a picture very beautiful with buildings vrey nice. A good work, technically very well, congratulation. Have a good afternoon, thanks for sharing.
Kellemes estèt kìvànok!
jjcordier (69639) 2011-06-29 8:46
Ces petites villes hongroises m'enchantent par la beauté des façades et la tranquillité des lieux et des habitants. Encore une très belle photo lumineuse,colorée et bien composée.
Silvio1953 (109385) 2011-06-29 9:38
Ciao George, great view of lovelysquare with beautiful colorful houses, fantastic sky, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
vasilpro (40685) 2011-06-29 13:06
Wonderful composition, beautiful square with interesting colorful architecture, lovely atmosphere and light management, very good clarity, sharpness and contrast, very nice framework, TFS!
Greetings from Greece, Vasilis.
bukitgolfb301 (33538) 2011-06-29 13:16
Hi my dear George
Another great shot with much comfortability coming!
Very tatseful impressive shot as usual. Marvelous vivid color contatst impact!
Perfect tight framework and well considerd composition from your high sense as usual and as always!!!!
Thanks for your sharing finest work and have a good day!
Takero from very hot Tokyo,
RhodieIke (10383) 2011-06-29 14:02
Hi George, Super capture of this square in this city, great to see goings on, super colours, Have a nice Thursday,Cheers Iain.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2011-06-29 14:42
Even there, The quality of the photo is magnificent. The neatness is completed. The light and the colors are very pleasant. The composition is very skillful. Another excellent work. Bravo.
Have a nice evening
francio64 (38256) 2011-06-29 15:09
molto bella questa piazza, circondata da altrettanto bella architettura.
Ottima gestione della luce, bei colori e grande sensazione di quiete.
Alfoja (672) 2011-06-29 15:10
Good picture, very interesting notes
siamesa (27701) 2011-06-29 16:46
Boa noite George
Besides the beautiful architecture, this square seems to be a very nice place.Beautiful sky where the clouds seems near of the houses.TFs
npecanhuk (58264) 2011-06-29 17:06
Wonderful façades and beautiful square!
Truly attractive picture with excellent photo quality!
TFS - congrats,
baddori (19153) 2011-06-29 22:25
Una bella piazza Koszeg.
Piacevolmente vedo che vi sono vari stili architettonico ..interessanti .
Grande nazione e grande coltura .
La foto rispecchia la civile convivenza ungherese.
Graal (93630) 2011-06-30 7:53
Jó napot George,
nice old tenement houses and square in Kõszeg. I like the colourfull segments of buildings. Good panoramic composition and presentation in note also.
abmdsudi (35378) 2011-06-30 9:56
Indeed a colorful city square captured when the sun is at an angle. A pleasing image in marvelous light quality, shadows and tones with superb sky area. Love to view the cheerful buildings in diff colors, shapes and architectures. Excellent composition with attractive Fg subjects, and I like the strong contrasting colours too, the grey clouds further adds the beauty oevrall. This a fine image of high quality, Great!
dkmurphys (44122) 2011-07-01 2:16
Beautiful atmosphere in the central square. Very similar to Brasov. Good mood composition, enjoy a fine day.
Schnappilic (9536) 2011-07-01 11:15
Fine place with beautiful architecture, Lovely colours, spendidi light, perfect exposure. Congratulations!
All the best,
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-11-01
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Tenement houses [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-29 2:23