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Dugovics

The heroism of Titus Dugovics, 19th century Hungarian painting.

Battle of Nandorfehervar

Battle of Belgrad, Hungarian painting from the 19. century. In the middle Giovanni da Capistrano with the cross in his hand.

During the Siege of Belgrade (Hungarian name: Nándorfehérvár) in 1456, Hungarian noblemen John Hunyadi (leader of the Hungarian royal army) and Mihály Szilágyi (Captain of the castle of Nándorfehérvár/ Belgrade) defended the city against the onslaught of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II. The siege finished with a great glorious Hungarian victory. During the siege, Pope Callixtus III ordered the bells of every church to be rung every day at noon, as a call for believers to pray for the defenders of the city. However, in many countries (like England and Spanish Kingdoms), news of the victory arrived before the order, and the ringing of the church bells at noon thus transformed into a commemoration of the victory. The Pope didn't withdraw the order, and Catholic churches still ring the noon bell to this day. [1]


  1. István Lázár: Hungary: A Brief History (see in Chapter 6)
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