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The Fire Tower
15-OCT-2012 Jola Dziubinska

The Fire Tower

Veszprém, Hungary

The Fire Tower (Tuztorony), one of the city's symbols, resembles a lighthouse and the view from here is fascinating.
Its foundation dates back to the period of King Béla IV when it functioned as a watchtower and had defensive purposes (protecting the castle gate) until the end of the Turkish period.
It can already be seen on drawings dating back to the 16 th century.
The tower survived the Turkish wars, the ravage by the Austrian general, Heister in 1704 and the castle demolition order of Emperor Lipót too. However, during the earthquake of 1810 it was so badly damaged that the local authorities were considering to pull it down. The noblemen of Veszprém intervened in order to save the building.
The tower was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1810. Due to its height of 48 metres, it was suitable for observing the town for signs of fire. The citizens employed a full-time watch who had to keep a lookout day and night.
The tower kept its role in fire-protection until the 1950s.

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/1000s f/7.1 at 70.0mm iso200 full exif

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Norman Richard01-Dec-2012 19:11
lovely clock tower, the watchman never left early V
Helen Betts15-Nov-2012 18:26
Good capture of the fire tower. I like your composition with all the greenery. V.
Zoltán Balogh15-Nov-2012 06:19
Beautifully composed Jola! V
fotabug15-Nov-2012 03:17
Excellent composition
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