Dobó Square Footbridge

The Minorite Bridge. The bridge is of medieval origin, mentioned from the 16th century as a stone bridge. It is mentioned as a stone bridge even in the 1690 census, however, it is not exactly known what happened after this but the stone bridge was demolished. In its site, there was only a wooden bridge in the early 18th century as in 1729, the town council decided to replace this important wooden bridge by a stone bridge. The famous two-span bridge was built in 1730-31. Its designer is also known: G. B. Carlone. Thus in 1731, the new stone bridge was already up. The stone-carver’s work (10 statues) was executed by Steyer János. It was later damaged by the flood of 1878 so it was pulled down and was replaced by a new bridge made of wood. In fact, from the wooden bridge, the creek was boarded up in both directions, so as to increase the area of the market.
In 1944, this bridge was also heavily damaged but was rebuilt in 1947. In that year, in honour of the Kossuth centenary, a plaque was placed on one of the central stone pillars of the bridge, which is currently missing. This bridge had an important role as those walking across it crossed the border of two counties or were on their way to the market as vendors, for which customs duty had to be paid. The part of the town beyond the bridge, towards the castle belonged to Borsod County until 1807. If you indeed cross the bridge, a flood-sign on the side of the house on the right reminds us of the force of Eger Creek, more precisely, the flood hitting the city and residents of Eger on 30-31 August 1878. However, there were flood-signs in Eger prior to this date as well.

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