The Great Plain 2

I was born in Kecskemét and I spent more than 20 years in the part of the Great Plain that is between two major rivers, the Danube and the Tisza. People here are very friendly and always ready to help others. Even though the view is monotonous, my heart throbs if I see these pictures.
Most part of the region is covered by wind-blown sand that is characterized by the almost parallel northern-southern sand-hills and the plain lands among them. The characteristic weather of the region is continental warm, dry, sometimes extreme. The favourable conditions of sunlight make it possible to produce world famous products of some plants like wheat, apricot, red pepper, tomato, etc.
Kecskemet 1 According to many, one of the nicest town centres of the country can be found in Kecskemét. Many remember Kecskemét for the chimes of the Town Hall first, which is one of the greatest ornaments of the town. It celebrated the 100th anniversary of its foundation in 1996. Opposite the Town Hall one can find the oldest architectural relic of Kecskemét, the church of the Franciscan friers that was already mentioned in the 14th century chronicles. It has been reconstructed and extended several times. The inside of the church is mainly formed by the 18th century Baroque renovation.(Picture shows both)

Kecskemet 2 The Ornamented Palace on the other side of the street used to have shops, flats and the Casino in it. Its appropriate name was given because of its secessionist style of the beginning of the century that strived at being spectacular and special. It was built in 1902 according to Géza Márkus' plans. At present the Kecskemét gallery can be found here. It is ornamented by the coloured roofs and glazed facade made in the Zsolnay factory in Pécs.

Szeged Local industry of Szeged is reputed for food production, especially salami and paprika (the Pride of Szeged paprika is a common brand in American supermarkets, too). Textiles, oil and natural gas processing, clothing production are also significant, but the city is most famous for its culture, including its various institutions of higher education. This cathedral was built in the first decades of our century to commemorate the revival of the city after the devastating flood of the river Tisza in 1879. Although only 300 houses of the total 6000 of the city survived, the reconstruction that followed - with the help of Vienna, Paris, London, and other European cities - created a modern city with an exemplary layout of avenues and boulevards with a strikingly homogenous architecture. During the summers the open air theater in front of the Cathedral attracts over 4000 spectators each night to special opera and musical performances.

OpusztaszerThe name of Ópusztaszer is associated with momentous events of the Hungarian Conquest. According to the chronicler Anonymus, Prince Árpád and his chieftains "contracted here to arrange the matters of the country". The monastery of Szer was built here in the 11th-13th centuries by the Bór-Kalán clan of Ond's tribe. It was destroyed in the Turkish campaigns after 1596, and in 1630 it was already mentioned as Pusztaszer, since 1974 has been named Ópusztaszer. Around the Árpád Monument erected in 1896, the Millennium of the Conquest, a National Memorial Park was established in the 1970's.

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