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Monday, March 8, 2010

A little bit about Győr

information and map from Wikipedia at

Coordinates: 47°41′03″N 17°38′06″E / 47.68403°N 17.63507°E / 47.68403; 17.63507
Country: Hungary
County: Győr-Moson-Sopron
- Total 174.61 km2 (67.4 sq mi)
Population (2008)
- Total 128,808
- Density 730.71/km2 (1,892.5/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9000
Area code(s) 96

Győr is the sixth largest city in Hungary and lies halfway between Budapest and Vienna, Austria. It has been inhabited since the fifth century and along with the rest of the country, has endured a lot of trials. It has been occupied by Celts, Romans, Slavs, Italians, Turks, Mongols, Czechs, Austrians, and many more. During the 17th century, rather than try to defend the city yet again against the Turkish army, Gyor's leader burnt down the town; the Turkish army found blackened ruins. The Turks still call it Yanık kale ("burnt city"). The town was then rebuilt by Italian builders. Gyor continued to experience hundreds of years of unrest.

Three rivers, the Danube, Rába, and Rábca, all merge here.

Today, the city is of great importance in Hungary, it is a cultural center and also a university town and very popular tourist attraction. Győr has no sister cities in the United States.

There's more rich history and gorgeous photographs at the Wikipedia link listed above.

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