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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ktanska (25899) 2008-06-24 0:16
Good vertical shot showing cosy feeling on old town. Nice church tower and half cloudy sky. Fresh spring colours on the tree leaves. The cyclist is a good extra detail.
siolaw (38292) 2008-06-24 0:18
Axcellent framing of the scene, light and colors are perfect and details very sharp. Good POV from the corner minimizing any distortions.
Manuj (441) 2008-06-24 0:25
good off center composition
the man on cycle adds life to your shot.
robertosalguero (246) 2008-06-24 0:29
The sky is beautiful and create an interesting contrast. The 3d effect of the tree is excellent as it seem to stand out of the picture. Good details and bright colours. The image is well composed with the church on the right side. Nice image and beautiful place. Thanks.
InasiaJones (31562) 2008-06-24 0:37
These colours are so attractive, like a mix of pastel in front of a strong vivid blue sky. The cyclist might not be big, but he's so important in your composition to carry this pastoral atmosphere.
A very good quality image, with carefully chosen elements to put in the frame.
Personally, I would have corrected the perspective on both side, as it wasn't too dramatic and could have been easily straightened. It's a case by case decision, sometime it's better to leave it that way, to suggest that architecture is "enveloping" the scene, some other time, it simply look like every thing is falling. Maybe you had your own reason to leave it that way.
jurek1951 (42196) 2008-06-24 1:05
Nice picture and composition with beautiful colors and lovely details, Excellent POV. and sharp picture, very well done.
syd1946 (18663) 2008-06-24 1:35
Fantastic composition and beautiful architecture...not only for the pleasant colors and lighting.
The man on the bike adds much more beauty to the whole peaceful scene.
I like it very much,Congratulations!
Have a nice day,
Floydian (30970) 2008-06-24 1:54
What a crystal bright shot with extreme high detail and colours. That Pentax is not bad at all if i look at this. The cyclist passing by brings the picture alive and is adding great interest int he photo. But above all those fresh bright colours are the best part here...very good work.
anducina (8407) 2008-06-24 2:08
Superb vivid colors, light-shadows play and clarity. The blue sky with white clouds, the white, red and yellow houses and church, the old trees with their shadows on the wall and the lonely biker make a lovely and friendly scene.
ChrisJ (104307) 2008-06-24 2:28
Good graphism of the red turreted church steeple at right, & the yellow leaved tree at left. Superb colour & contrast. Tfs!
delkoo (68) 2008-06-24 2:29
You captured fantastic light in a really good composition. I am impressed by the details and colours of your photo
really good one
jlbrthnn (76037) 2008-06-24 2:54
Splendid! Colors its splendid. I like beucoup this image made up carefully and research. Cheer.
Have a nice day
danos (90367) 2008-06-24 4:00
really the environment is looks idyllic with the lines of the trees to create depth in the scene as the lonely bicyclist adds life in it.The contrasted colors are great as the management of the brilliant light.Well done.
portmanndominic (2400) 2008-06-24 4:41
like your others picture of this nice town , this one is also good with a interesting subject , warn and nice colors , and a useful note
TopGeo (38208) 2008-06-24 4:48
Hi Georgios! excellent shot!A picture as those that you know you make rightly! Impressive as every composition, colours, and detail the choice of place and imprinting leaves impressions beautiful
asajernigan (21427) 2008-06-24 5:03
Nice composition here using the tree to provide balance for the shot. The lighting and colors are great with excellent sharpness and detail. The man on the bicycle adds life to the shot as well as providing sense of scale.
The vertical format works well here allowing for a nice closeup shot of the tall scene.
izmirli (3987) 2008-06-24 5:46
merhaba my friend george
magnificent colours and blue sky.excellent light and shadows.wonderful lovely church and tower.well done.
friendly greetings from Istanbul.
paura (47184) 2008-06-24 6:23
Excelent composition and PP job here, friend. Lighting and colors are perfect.
gildasjan (42504) 2008-06-24 6:42
Avec une telle lumičre il est impossible de ne pas réussir une belle photo.Bravo pour les couleurs le cadrage et la présence du cycliste.
ifanik (21679) 2008-06-24 6:50
Hello my friend
Your photo is excellent
Light, contrast, colours, sharpness.....all are great
kpav (5031) 2008-06-24 6:57
Hello George, excellent shot with very beautiful vivid colors and great POV. Superb light and shadows play and the biker in the frame adds a lot to the composition. Thanks for sharing.
jjcordier (79040) 2008-06-24 8:16
Cadrage superbe avec cet arbre et ce bâtiment d'une exceptionnelle luminosité. Les couleurs sont magnifiques. je crois que, comme André, j'aurais tenté un redressement des perspectives.
patshoo (952) 2008-06-24 9:47
Impressive townscape,Clear and crisp is an attractive point of this scene,Well combination of color between blue sky,yellow leaf tree and red roof church,simple composition and well prepare story.Good work,TFS.
dareco (17134) 2008-06-24 11:38
I really like the inclusion of this man on his bike. The church is lovely as is the lighting and shadows. TFS and have a good day!
dta (71449) 2008-06-24 12:45
Hello George ,
Fantastic point of view on this beautiful church . Great colors and sharpness . The trees are so nice , wit their autumn colors . The man on the bike adds a little touch of life .
Really a marvellous shot .
jonathan_hart (21274) 2008-06-24 13:55
excellent sharpness, light and colours, as always, and this man on the bike is THE bonus :)
xavshot (69835) 2008-06-24 14:07
trčs belle photo. le cadrage est bien trouvé et la lumičre met bien en valeur cette architecture. Le passage du vélo est trčs bien vu. Bel ensemble.
danyy (0) 2008-06-24 15:32
on peut rarement faire mieux en matičre de rendu de couleurs et de lumičres, un cadrage trčs efficace, un petit joyau dans sa simplicité.
gneufeld (15890) 2008-06-24 19:14
A perfect vertical perspective to feature this church. Great composition and excellent details in good light. Well done and TFS. Gerald
Graal (100112) 2008-06-24 23:32
Jó napot George,
an interesting place and old architecture of Koszeg. Excellent quality of photo. Good informations in note and well done picture. I like it.
atus (15838) 2008-06-25 0:35
a kép élessége és a színek tökéletesek. Ami különösen tetszik, hogy a fehér az fehér és ez az íly fotogén felhőknél nagy előny, hiszen gyönyörűen illeszkednek a kék égboltba, ebben az esetben, a toronnyal egyetemben. A cajgás úr beillesztése is kíváló, mert az összhatást még kellemesebbé varázsolja. Én a tornyot és az oszlopot kiegyenesítettem volna, de azt hiszem Neked ezzel kapcsolatosan más a meglátásod.
Gratulálok és kellemeset kívánok!
John_F_Kennedy (43413) 2008-06-25 1:53
I love the colours treatment. A lovely corner to the corner of the building and the church. Good composition and good idea. Well done.
dkeus31 (27735) 2008-06-25 4:36
a nice image, the light on the architecture is good, creating nice colors.
sacavem (18614) 2008-06-25 17:59
Very beautiful old town from Koszeg with lovely colours. Amazing tones, very good sharpness and very well framed.
TFS and greetings,
Cretense (68695) 2008-06-26 3:08
Amazing sky, the beautiful building and the lovely trees, "work" very well together! Excellent light managment and beautiful colours! Congratulations!
PixelTerror (0) 2008-06-26 10:06
Nice city view under good light and a sky benefitting from nice clouds, the rising tower offers good opportunity to create nice highlights here and the passing person on the bike is a good additional detail.
Have a nice day JY
leo61 (0) 2008-06-26 10:15
Great light and nice composition with these three trees and the nice church.I like the yellow tones of this facade and the cyclist maked the composition perfect.
bakes888 (18499) 2008-06-27 2:09
Hi George. Great photo. I love the colours and contrasts in this shot. Well framed with good sharpness also. Thanks for sharing.
Have a good weekend, Paul.
aadilj (18102) 2008-06-27 5:06
Thats a classic. Its fabulous and so well compsoed. I love the colours and the ones and the way you have subtly handled the lights and perspectives
Bluejeans (64249) 2008-06-30 13:31
Ola George ,
Que linda rua com estas árvores em grande plano a sua folhagem e muito colorida , gostei muito da arquitectura das casas e da torre , bom contraste de cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ocskaymarci (2684) 2008-07-02 3:08
Változatos színű, kiváló kontrasztú kép Kőszegről... Ez nem lehet más, mint egy hamisítatlan Budapestman alkotás!!! Már-már a védjegyeddé vált ez (is)! :)
Angshu (56588) 2008-07-02 21:52
Beautiful light for this beautiful picture. The colours are very attractive, sort of under a strong vivid blue sky. The cyclist is so important in your composition. Very well composed & executed shot.
dip (23844) 2008-07-03 12:44
beautiful image with very good clarity and sharpness,
nice colors and good POV too,
zeca (19762) 2008-07-04 20:16
Hey, George! This picture is perfect! The lights, the colours, the sharpen details! The composition is very nice with the trees and that nice church. Good to see the man biking as well! Excellent work!
jaywalker (16101) 2008-07-07 12:02
Hi George, A beautifully composed photo with sharp detail, the light is wonderfully balanced, the line of the three trees to the left & the church tower are all very well positioned in frame, the old man on his bike & the lamp in centre bottom finish the photo brilliantly, kind regards Wilson.
Jakab (3867) 2008-08-01 14:10
Hát igen, ilyen volt ott tavaly novemberben. (Mókás, hogy a feldolgozás/feltöltés során a TIFF-ből épp a hónap esett ki, de ezt csak a déli félgömbön gondolhatják tavaszi fotónak.) A kép szépen adja az ősz hangulatát és Kőszeg (szó, mi szó, kicsit vegyes) architektúráját. Megnyugodva látom, hogy a napsütötte fehér fal a Pentax dinamikáját is kifekteti.
azizbilgili (2111) 2008-09-08 6:08
Nice perspective, wonderful architecture...
npecanhuk (70060) 2008-09-09 2:49
That's a spectacular photograph!
The low pov and specially the composition, putting together those beautiful buildings (the tower is gorgeous) and those trees is superb! The sky is also a highlight and small details, such as the lamplights and the man on the bike are all very suited to the image and creates a very pleasant atmosphere in the scene!
Excellent sharpness, management of light and wonderful colors!
TFS - Congratulations!
francio64 (39708) 2011-01-10 4:45
guardando il tema: "hoooooooooo", ho trovato questa tua foto di qualche anno fa.
Davvero molto bella.
Un ottimo taglio verticale dove la scena č ben inserita.
Luce e resa cromatica sono eccellenti.
Bella la vista dell'anziano signore in bicicletta, dando vita e movimento.
Well done and TFS!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-00-03
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Koszeg, The historical town, Churches of Hungary, hoooooooooo !!! [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-06-23 23:58