Fő tér│Sopron’s Baroque Main Square
The layout of main square of Sopron, known in Hungarian as Fő tér, has not changed for centuries. It has a Baroque-style and contains, among other things, the City Hall, Firewatch tower, Storno-house (museum) and main Roman Catholic church. In the middle of the square is one of the most famous attractions: the Holy Trinity statue. The main landmark of the city is the “Fire Tower”, and inside a historic museum. I climbed the tower for beautiful views of the city and the surrounding forests. Every December a Christmas market is held in the square, and I can only imagine how beautiful it must be here during that time of the year!
Check out our Firewatch Tower post HERE.
The Holy Trinity Column
The Holy Trinity Column (Szentháromság-szobor) is one of the most well-known sights of Sopron’s Fő tér. It is a masterpiece of the Hungarian Baroque (1701), and therefore a protected monument.
The Storno-house is opposite from the Town Hall. The house was bought in 1872 by a chimney sweep, painter and restorer Storno Ferenc Swiss descent. Storno Dynasty was a famous art collector, the house view the interesting collection of pieces.
The castle-like Baroque corner house is one of the most attractive sights of the Main Square. The most eye-catching characteristics of the building are the closed, round, two-storey corner balcony, the arched gate with the Festetics family’s coat of arms between the two Tuscan half pillars, and the door knockers with their pelican motifs. Sopron’s first apothecary (pharmacist), the Black Elephant was operating in this building in the 15th century.
Gyógygödör Borozó is a wine bar. Thanks to it’s cutesy wooden furniture, it sort of looks out of place inside this stone cellar, but that shouldn’t detract from the pleasure of sampling the extensive collection of Sopron wines and a couple of Sopron beers alongside inexpensive Hungarian dishes.
Goat Catholic Church
The Goat Catholic Church, also known as “the main catholic church”, is located downtown, on the southern side of the Firewatch Tower. The friars living in Sopron first built their monastery in the centre of town. Around 1280, they built a church, popularly known as “the goat church”. It is one of the most outstanding works of Hungarian Gothic architecture. József II dissolved the Franciscan monastic order in 1787, and the church was taken over by the Benedictine monks. During the centuries the church was the site of coronations and numerous parliamentary sessions. Its well-proportioned, finely-architectured tower is one of the most spectacular buildings of the unrivalled Main Square. The masterpieces of the fresco painters and other artists, the lancet windows, and the unique Capistran pulpit are of extraordinary value.
Little man was asleep when we arrived in Sopron, but he woke up while Mama was climbing the 200 stairs that lead up to the top of the Firewatch Tower. He woke up in a sweet cuddly mood, and therefore kept hugging us! I love the way he was tapping his daddy’s shoulder, above, as he gave him a big squeeze. Man, these two melt my heart!
This post wraps up our time spent in Sopron, and up next is the Czech Republic.