Szombathely is the oldest Hungarian city and the place where Europe’s most well-known saint, St. Martin was born. Szombathely, also known as Savaria by its Roman name, is the only city in the Carpathian Basin which has been continuously inhabited for 2000 years. The city was founded by the Romans in 45 AD and it was the capital of the Pannonia Superior province of the Roman Empire.
You can learn more about Szombathely here.
Every year in August, the people of Szombathely awaken their ancient traditions at the annual Savaria Historical Festival (Savaria Történelmi Karnevál). For four days, the entire city transforms itself into one giant festival venue. There are concert spaces, food stalls, crafts shops and street performances. It’s truly a unique event and one of the largest historical festivals in Europe.
Last year, the festival was organised for the 20th time. Throughout the four-day festival, 400 historical events at 30 venues took place, inviting local and international participants. Roman legionary’s, patricians, priests, conquerers, swordsman and archers took over this charming city in West-Hungary. The highlight of the festival is the Grand Procession, where 1,200 people dressed in costumes walk the streets of Szombathely. The march is followed by music performances, acrobat shows and fire jugglers.
Check out the official photos from last year’s festival here.
We just hope that the current COVID-19 situation doesn’t stop the 2020 edition of the Savaria Történelmi Karnevál from happening.