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With this multi cache I show you the most important sights of the historic town Szecseny.
Part 1: Franciscan church and monastry: N 48° 4,9220' E 19° 31,0710' 194 m
Part 2: Forgách-castle: N 48° 4,9830' E 19° 31,0390' 160 m (This is traditional cache)
Part 3: Fire Tower: N 48° 4,8960' E 19° 31,3060' 177 m
During the time of the Rakoczi Wars, the name of Szecseny again became famous. The Prince originally wished to call the parliament to meet at Rákos, but Emperor Joseph I learned of the plan and took control of the place. The Prince’s court then decided to summon the parliament to Szecseny. The parliament then used the traditional form of affirming kings to elect Ferenc Rakoczi as Prince and to declare union with Transylvania.
Franciscan church and monastry:
The chancel retains 14th century features, its most valuable part being the sacristry, a single ornamented octogonal column supports the star-vaulted ceiling. The present Baroque nave was added in 1696. The monastry was built between 1694 and 1734 with an arched cloister and a closed courtyard.
From the church can be reached the vaulted room where Prince Ferenc Rákóczi stayed.
Where the old fortress of the Middle Ages had been, stands the attractive Forgách-castle, built in a baroque style. The museum inside its walls bears the name of Ferenc Kubinyi of Ipolytarnóc, who was the first to make known the discovery of a 23 million year old pine tree. The exhibited archaeological material helps us learn about the history of the county, while in the upper rooms, memorabilia of the famous Hungarian hunters Kálmán Kittenberger, Zsigmond Széchenyi, and Herbert Nádler, also known as gifted writers, help evoke their adventurous lives.
This was built on the site of a wooden bell-tower to commemorate the passing of the plague.
From 1893, a fire sentry watched the surrounding districts from the two-storey building, until the new Town Hall was built in 1905, which blocked the view to the south. The third and fourth floors of the tower that can be seen today were built at that time. The whole building, because of clay subsidence under it, is visibly leaning to the north.
Remains of Szecseny Castle:
At the edge of the Ipoly Valley, on the old course of the river the castle stood. It is not known exactly when it was constructed but it is mentioned in a charter of 1461. The Franciscan church and monastry were joined to it. It was rebuilt in the 16th century by the commander of the castle Ferenc Disznóssy. The stones of the castle were used to build the Forgách Chateau. What remains now are some remnants of the walls of the outer towers, the motte, the pickets along with the north-west bastion (used as a look-out point) and the ten metre-diameter north-east bastion (Bastion Museum).
What remains now fromthe Szecseny Castle are some remnants of the wall of the outer towers, the motte, the pickets along with the north-west bastion used as an exhibition hall.
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