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Captured while strolling around in Western Hungary, on the same day like the previous upload.
We are here in the city of Vrpalota located in Veszprm county. The past of Vrpalota goes back to ancient times. Its links to the Roman and Avar periods are verified by the burial mounds, tombstones and the Roman artifacts in the outskirts of the town, some of which can be found in the lapidary of Thuri Castle. By the mid 18th century Vrpalota had become a flourishing market town. Open cast lignite mining started in 1876 followed by subsurface mining 10 years later. It was a mining town during the Socialist era, but the mines have been closed. The present town was formed in 1951 by the merging of Palota, Inota and Ptfrdő. Although a united town by name, the merging settlements stayed relatively far from each other. Following the changes in the political system, Ptfrdő regained its independence based on the result of a referendum held on the 1st October 1997.
The most renowned sight, the jlaky Castle is also the symbol of the town. It is often referred to as Thuri Castle, after the name of its famous defending captain Thuri Gyrgy during the Turkish occupation. In the present Thuri Castle you can find the Museum of Chemistry, which is unique in Europe, and the collection of the memories of coal mining, which provided livelihood for the people for a long time. In the Castle court concerts and theatre performances are held every summer.

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