This 40m-high minaret, topped incongruously with a cross, is one of the few reminders of the Ottoman occupation of Eger. Nonclaustrophobes can brave the 97 narrow spiral steps to the top for the awesome view.

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Nearby Eger attractions

1. Dobó Bastion

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Part of the Eger Castle Complex, the terrace of the renovated Dobó Bastion (1549), which collapsed in 1976, offers stunning views of the town. Climb down…

2. Eger Castle

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Climb up cobbled Vár köz from Tinódi Sebestyén tér to reach the castle, erected in the 13th century after the Mongol invasion. Models, drawings and…

3. Dobó István tér

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Statues of István Dobó and his comrades-in-arms routing the Turks fill Eger’s main square, which has been totally revamped in recent years. To the south…

4. Minorite Church of St Anthony of Padua

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On the southern side of Eger's main square stands this church, built in 1771 by Bohemian architect Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer and one of the most glorious…

5. Castle Casemates

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Beneath Eger Castle are these casemates hewn from solid rock. Part of them is open to the public, accessible via the Dark Gate in the eastern section of…

6. Kepes Institute

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This unusual gallery exhibits the work of Hungarian-born American artist and designer György Kepes, who is celebrated for – among other things – his light…

7. Neoclassical Synagogue

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The erstwhile neoclassical synagogue dating from 1845 is now partly renovated and functions as a theatre.

8. Sándor Ziffer Gallery

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This gallery is housed in the former Orthodox synagogue, built in 1893 and named after the painter Sándor Ziffer (1880–1962). It has rotating exhibitions…