Lyceum Library

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This 160,000-volume, all-wood library on the 1st floor of the Lyceum's south wing contains hundreds of priceless manuscripts, medical codices and incunabula. The trompe l’oeil ceiling fresco painted by Bohemian artist Johann Lukas Kracker in 1778 depicts the Counter-Reformation’s Council of Trent (1545–63), with a lightning bolt setting heretical manuscripts ablaze. It was Eger's – and its archbishop's – response to the Enlightenment and the Reformation.

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1. Lyceum

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Directly east of Eger Basilica is the Zopf-style Lyceum (1765), now headquarters of the Károly Eszterházy University of Applied Sciences. It contains a…

2. Provost’s Palace

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The wrought-iron balcony and window grilles of this rococo building were the work of master craftsman Henrik Fazola.

4. Astronomy Museum

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The Astronomy Museum, on the 6th floor of the east wing of the Lyceum, contains 18th-century astronomical equipment, a planetarium with scheduled shows…

5. City Under the City


To the right of the main steps up to Eger Basilica is the entrance to the former archbishop’s cellars. A guided history-oriented tour on the hour leads…

6. Eger Basilica

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A highlight of the town’s amazing architecture is Eger Basilica. This neoclassical monolith was designed in 1836 by József Hild, the same architect who…

7. County Hall

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Kossuth Lajos utca boasts dozens of baroque and Eclectic gems, including the delightful County Hall, with a wrought-iron grid above the main door…

8. Ecclesiastical Collection

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The Ecclesiastical Collection, in the Eger Archbishop’s Palace, consists of priceless vestments, church plate and liturgical objects.