Hungary: Szeged

Another major city in southern Hungary – Szeged – also dates back to pre-Roman times. Throughout the ages Mongols destroyed it, Ottomans raided it, but it wasn’t until 1879, when a great flood wiped the entire city out – only 265 houses remained from 5723. The Emperor Franz Josef visited the flood-ravaged city and promised to restore it better that it ever was. The promise was kept, and Szeged was rebuilt with grand avenues and magnificent baroque and art nouveau buildings all around. There is the spectacular town hall building, the theater, the synagogue, the Serbian and much more. And the main cathedral deserves a separate post – next!