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The Hungarians love a good Turk bashing story. From the Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest to the bloody walls of Eger's castle, there's plenty of heroism for Hungarians to recall, and plenty of sadness for the Turks who lost their furthest foothold in Europe.
One Turk on VT once translated the lines of a Turkish song for me:
"Dont flow Danube, dont flow, I am in deep sorrow. I am an ill fated Turk who gave Esztergom to the Austrians."
The Hungarians celebrate it, and Eger in particular.
In Eger a hundred thousand Turks besieged the city, and every Hungarian man and woman in the city took to the walls to fend them off. Amazingly, there were only a few thousand people in Eger fighting the hundred thousand Turks. One of the stories that passed among the demoralised Ottomans was that the Hungarians were drinking Bull's Blood to keep up their inhuman strength.
That Bull's Blood, or Bikaver, is now immortalised as Eger's most famous drink: Egri Bikaver, a bottle of sometimes excellent red wine.
Eger is a beautiful city, probably the best outside Budapest I have seen. It has a number of impressive sights, including the Basilica, which is smaller than at Esztergom but perhaps more beautiful. There are also beautiful churches aplenty, a curious lyceum, and of course the great castle where the Turks were fought off.
And if you want to try some of that bull's blood, there's probably no place better than at the cellars of Szepassony-Volgy - the Valley of the Beautiful Women.
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