Szeged is one of the largest cities in Hungary and is located at the mouth of Marusza to Tisza. Although the city was founded in the Middle Ages, it is dominated by buildings from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in the eclectic and Art Nouveau style.
The place where the city is today was already inhabited in Roman times. In the Middle Ages it developed into an important commercial center. The city had a castle and was surrounded by walls. Today, the only trace of this distant history is the Romanesque-Gothic Dömötör Tower, which was once part of the Holy Spirit Church.
Szeged owes its present appearance to the huge flood that hit the city in 1879. More than 5,000 were completely destroyed. homes, and many more severely damaged. After this event, the city was rebuilt in the eclectic and Art Nouveau style, with streets and squares marked out again.
The most important monument from this period is the neo-Romanesque cathedral of the Virgin Mary. A neoclassical museum building, an Art Nouveau town hall, an eclectic National Theater were built then, as well as many palaces with Art Nouveau facades. One of the most beautiful of these is Reök Palace, with decorations inspired by water.