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Armoury Museum

Weapons Galore

If you like guns, swords and the like, then the military storehouse will be right up you street.

One of the largest private collections of weaponry and associated paraphernalia in the world, it covers the period from 400AD all the way up to the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.

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Just looking at all those weapons makes me want to commit violence

In the shadow of the castle and down a shabby looking side street, the Armoury museum doesn`t seem to hold much promise.

Inside though it is a different story. There are 20 display cases holding a wide variety of objects and dotted around the room are larger pieces such as the eighteenth century field gun below.

18th Century field gun

Among the items on display there are shields, sabres, broadswords, muskets, cannons and all manner of weapons.

It is testament to the tenacity of Tóth Sándor, the man who accumulated this fascinating collection, that he was able to gather so many important and historical objects in one place

Tóth Sándor, collector, guiding a group of students around his collection

The stars of the exhibition include:

  • An axe that is purported to be 4000 years old and was discovered being used as a counterweight in a village well just a few years ago.
  • The silk and damask flag that was draped over the coffin of Prince Ferenc Rákóczi II at his funeral in 1735 - on one side is his coat of arms and on the other, a depiction of the Virgin Mary (see below).

The Rákóczi burial flag with a Baroque depiction of the Virgin Mary

  • An exceptionally rare, decorative Turkish timpani drum dating from the sixteenth century.  Used by the Ottomans when they besieged Vienna in 1683. It was taken as plunder by the Imperial forces as is demonstrated by the fact that the name of Heinrich Ernst Rüdiger von Starhemberg, the general leading the defence of the Austrian capital, is emblazoned on the strap of the drum.
  • A decorative sabre which belonged to Count Ferenc Zichy and is adorned with his family crest.

Ferenc Zichy's Sabre

Be Warned: As with many museums and sights in Eger, most of the exhibits do not have descriptions in English, and in all likelihood those working at the museum will only have rudimentary English.

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