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Franciscan Convent and Church

Both the convent and the church of the Franciscans belong to the oldest buildings of worship in the city. The Gothic-style church was built in the 13th century. In the 14th century it was rebuilt in a Renaissance style, again undergoing reforms in the 18th century, this time taking on a baroque appearance. The set of buildings has Gothic bases dating from the 14th or 15th centuries, being, as we have previously pointed out, rebuilt several times in the 17th and 18th centuries. The last reforms were made between the years 1860 - 1861 in a classicist style. At the beginning of the 15th century a Gothic tower was built on the walls of the convent. A part of the convent was damaged and was replaced by a copy in 1897. The convent has witnessed many historical events. In this place, in the year 1526 Ferdinand I of Habsburg was elected king by the assembly of Hungary. Starting a period of domination by the Habsburgs that lasted more than four hundred years.

As a curiosity, in the square in front of the church there used to be a wooden cage with iron bars, known as the "cage of shame", where drunks who caused a nightly altercation were formerly locked up. In this way they could be seen by the faithful who attended mass the following morning.