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Bring home some memories of Eger - EGER1552

Agria Park

#ARTICLE_DATE_LETREHOZVA#: 21 February 2013  |  Created: 07 November 2016

An experience in the heart of Eger

In the historic town centre of Eger-where first the market place served as a scene for social life, then, for the course of more than a century, the Tobacco Factory provided the means of living for several hundred families- today it is the Agria Park Shopping Centre, opened in the spring of 2008, that recreates the colourful and bustling character of the market place.

The designers and the building contractors were aiming for the building to recall this atmosphere, keeping in mind at the same time, the goal that the shopping centre should be a worthy successor of the buildings of the tobacco factory, standing in its place since 1896. The end result is a combination of the new and the old, a complex of buildings and a park, unique even on a European scale.


A place worth visiting

AgriaPark welcomes its customers with air conditioned indoor spaces and shops, which offer several international brand names.

There are several entertainment facilities as well: besides the three-screen multiplex cinema, the fitness room of over 600 square metres, and the country's first plaza library, Agria Park does its best to join local and regional cultural life through a range of events, offering continuous special offers and cultural programmes.


What to see in Agria Park


The Water Tower

The water tower of the Hungarian Royal Tobacco Factory, along with the other buildings of the factory, was built in 1896, and continued to supply water for the factory establishments until 1936. The water came from the springs of the Tagos fields on the Northern slope of the Várhegy, and reached the tower through a cast-iron pipe by means of gravitation.  Feeding the water tank was made possible with a pump in the 27-metre deep well on the market place beside the tower, the operation of the pump and the well-house itself presenting a curiosity in the history of technology. The crystal clear water was also suitable for consumption by the factory workers. The water tower has undergone repair several times, and following privatization, in the course of the general reconstruction of the factory, it was restored according to the original design. It was at that time that a walled-in message in a bottle from 1943, which is now on display in the Tobacco Factory Commemorative Collection, was found.


Zsolnay Ornamental Fountain

The ornamental fountain was completed in 1996 as part of the centenary celebrations of the 100-year old Eger Tobacco Factory, based on the winning designs of sculptor George Kungl. The work of art is covered in a unique weather durable Zsolnay-glazing, and depicts one of the symbols of Eger, the famous water tower of the Tobacco Factory. Its base is embraced by tobacco leaves, while smoke is puffing out at the top. During the construction of the shopping centre, the ornamental fountain was carefully wrapped and saved, and now it is for all to see on its original site, in the ornamental park with ancient trees.


Tobacco Factory Commemorative Collection

Unprecedented in the country, the IstvánDobóCastleMuseum was given the opportunity to present, in the form of an exhibition and on its original site–in a shopping centre!- the history of the Eger Tobacco Factory, in operation between 1896 and 2004. Walking through the commemorative collection, looking at the numerous old photos and objects, the visitors can learn about the process of cigarette production, and are given a glimpse into how those factory workers may have lived.

Visitors to the Commemorative Collection are welcome every Saturday from 10am to 6pm.




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