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Eger (Ott. Eğri, Eğre) is a regionally important town located in the north of present-day Hungary. In 1005–99/1596–87, it was the centre of an Ottoman vilayet (vilāyet, province), and both before and after this period, it was the seat of a bishop (after 1804 an archbishop).

Eger was founded on the banks of a small river of the same name, at a point where plain and hills meet. The town was damaged during the Mongol invasion in 1241 but restored by Béla IV (r. 1235–70). Its ecclesiastical buildings were partly renovated in Renaissance style at the end of the fifteenth century.

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Dávid, Géza, “Eger”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_26138>
First published online: 2016
First print edition: 9789004305779, 2016, 2016-4

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