Marzipan and sculpture - not two words you often find together at least for those who haven't visited Eger's Marzipan Exhibition.
This place is one of a kind and you really should set aside some time to drop in and marvel at the marzipan madness.
All the exhibits are made of marzipan....
Kopcsik Lajos, the creator, wants to show you that this simple substance can do so much more than sit on your Christmas cake buried under a layer of icing.
This master of marzipan has managed to create all manner of objects from the most simple of ingredients: almonds and sugar.
A world-renowned pastry chef, Kopcsik's defining moment was winning a gold medal at the rather grandly named 1996 Berlin Culinary Olympics.
Remarkably, all the exhibits in the exhibition are his work and his work alone.
It took him three years to complete all the marzipan sculptures, and considerably more to secure the space in which to display them.
......as are these.....
The sheer variety of objects he has managed to craft out of marzipan is truly amazing.
Orthodox Christian icons, Van Gogh artworks, storybooks, embroidered cushions, Turkish miniatures, a life-size bell, a card table, a model of Eger's Minaret, a Fabergé Egg, Russian Dolls and so much more have all fallen prey to his sugar spinning skills
The jewel in the exhibition is the Baroque room, a complete life-size room furnished and decorated in the eighteenth century style.
The room is a nod to Eger's past as it was during the Baroque era that the town arose from the ashes of the Ottoman occupation.
Today, much of what you see in the historic centre is built in the Baroque style, indeed it is said that Eger has the finest Baroque cityscape in Europe.
Unfortunately, you cannot enter the room as you'd probably get stuck to the floor or worse but it is enough to gawk at it from the margins.
If your visit to the exhibition has tempted your taste buds then do not fear, there is a shop attached selling all kinds of marzipan treats, so you don't need to surreptitiously lick any of the exhibits.
The attached shop offers a legion of marzipan treats
You probably noticed the pride of place give to the bell in the exhibition, this is because this street Harangöntő utca (lit. bell foundry street) was where bellmakers' workshops were located.
The building housing the exhibition used to be a bell foundry which was destroyed during the Second World War
It is possible to visit a small presentation (opposite the entrance to the marzipan exhibition) which through exhibits and artifacts tells the story of bell founding in Eger.
Miniature Minaret in Marzipan