1552 was a very special year for the city and castle in Eger.
Since 1526, Hungary was under Turkish attack and all the settlements in the area were conquered one by one. The Hungarian army was crushed. By the time the invaders reached the city of Eger, there weren’t many soldiers left to defend the stronghold.
Budapest had already been conquered years before and not much resistance was expected when the invaders prepared to conquer the other cities in the country.
The Hungarians stood their ground, but the defence looked poorly. Little over 2000 people were holding the castle and they were attacked by a massive Ottoman army.
The defenders were only a few soldiers, but mainly peasants and women: the women of Eger!
The battles lasted little over a month and the invaders had to retreat because they suffered many casualties and they could not make their way into the fortress.
Because of this heroic siege, Eger has become the national symbol of patriotic heroism, because their small group of citizens defended their grounds against an army of 35.000 heavily armed attackers.