Szeged, the most sophisticated city in the Great Plain, straddles the River Tisza as it flows south towards Serbia. The present layout of the city, and its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, date from after the great flood of 1879, when Szeged was rebuilt with strapping new buildings and squares thanks to foreign funding. The student population gives the city a real energy, and it’s more than pleasant for a day or two’s stopover.
Szeged’s biggest monument is Dom tér, ringed by scholarly cloisters and busts of celebrated Hungarians. It was created in 1920 to accommodate the enormous double-spired Votive Church, which leading townspeople pledged to erect after the great flood. At 12.15pm and 5.45pm, the Musical Clock on the south side of the square comes alive, as figurines from inside pop out and trundle around to the chiming of bells.Read More
Móra Ferenc Museum
Móra Ferenc Museum
The Móra Ferenc Museum contains folk art, fine art and archeological remains offering insight into the Avars, the people who ruled much of the Central-Eastern European Pannonian plain from the sixth to ninth centuries. From the museum, it’s a short walk to green, pretty Széchenyi tér, home to the neo-Baroque town hall with its decorative tiled roof. Look out for the “Bridge of Sighs”, modelled on the Venetian original, which links the hall to a neighbouring house.
The Great Synagogue (Űj Zsinagóga), built between 1900 and 1903 by architect Lipót Baumhorn, is one of Hungary’s most beautiful buildings, with a blue glass dome with stars picked out in gold, and a stunning interior that is full of life: the frescoes and stained glass replicate exactly the plants and flowers that the then chief rabbi, a keen botanist, estimated would have grown in ancient Jerusalem. It conjures the sense of a Promised Land poignantly. The entrance is on Jósika utca 10 not far from Klauzál tér.