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Destinations » Hungary » Gyor
"The town of rivers", or Arrabona, as the Romans called it, is a
nearly 1000-year-old bishopric where Napoleon won a battle in 1809.
Gyor is famous for its schools and industry. It has a nice downtown
and it is liked because of its baroque buildings.
The ancient "heart" of the town is at the junction of three rivers - the Danube, Raba and Rabca - at Kaptalan Hill. Puspokvar (Kaptalan Domb 5/a.), the residence of the bishops of Gyor, can be easily recognised by the Csonka Tower. Its oldest buildings are 'Lakotorony', built in the 13th century, and the Gothic 'Doczy Chapel', built in the 15th century.
The Roman Era predecessor of the Bishop's Cathedral already stood at the site in 1030. The Gothic Saint Laszlo Chapel (Hedervary Chapel), added 400 years later, was built for the canonisation of King Laszlo I (1077-95). This chapel contains the masterpiece of Medieval Hungarian goldsmith's work, the Saint Laszlo Herma, a gilded silver masterpiece.
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Many shops are spread around the city of Gyor and the historic
Inner Town area of Belváros, offering an array of gift ideas and
Hungarian souvenirs. The main shopping precinct in Gyor lies
in the very heart of the city centre and off the Svent Itsván Utca,
being conveniently close to many of the largest and most popular
Close by, the Arkád Shopping Centre is just a short walk to the east and can be found on the Budai Utca, close to the Galántai Utca and the Mártirok Utca.
A city of reasonable size and stature, Gyor is home to plenty of
restaurants to suit most travellers. Whilst it is true to say that
many of the city's restaurants and other dining options do
specialise in Hungarian cuisine, others provide a more
international flavour, with French-style eateries and Italian
pizzerias being firm favourites with tourists.
Wherever you choose to eat in Gyor, all restaurants have one thing in common, they certainly fed you well. You can expect filling, man-size portions when dining out here, leaving little room for a pudding.
Gyõr, this mellow and colourful town is situated half way between Vienna and Budapest, and hosts a vast array of architectural, cultural and natural treasures.
Gyõr, Hungary's second richest town in historic buildings outside Budapest has won Europe-award for the protection of the historic buildings, in acknowledgment of the reconstruction of the Baroque centre of the town. Churches, palaces, museums, characteristic corner-balconies and narrow lanes, all reminders of a historic past, invite visitors to take a walk in the centre of the town.