Cegléd is about 70 km south-east of Budapest on the Great Plains of Hungary.
The city with a population of about 50 thousands is an important railway centre.
Cegléd's history goes back to the Bronze Age and before by unearth relics around town.
Later finds are sporadic until the Árpád's Hungarians arrival, when it became a large settlement, due to its central situation and fertile surrounds with newly built churches, regular fairs and markets.
Archaeologists discovered traces of more than 12 settlements within a 10 km radius from the town.
Archaeologists also discovered that Cegléd was destroyed during the Tartar, Mongol and Turkish invasions.
1290's Royal documents refer to the town as a Crown property.
In 1364 Louis I, made Cegléd a "Free Port" and in 1368 gifted it to a Nun's Order.
In 1509 the town's people 'rose up' against the 'slavery-like' conditions, killing the Order's representative.
The King's representative sided with the 'slaves' and became George Dózsa's (Dózsa György) who was organising an army against the Turks from Cegléd and the surrounding district, but turned into a peasant uprising.
Cegléd was under Turkish occupation from 1541, till 1686 and the Turks and the Tartars, their ally completely destroyed the town again.
The following 100 years or more seen the town razed to the ground again and again a number of times, by different raiders.
During the War of Independence by Frank Rákóczi, (Rákóczi Ferenc I) Cegléd changed hands a number of times and suffered accordingly.
Without any fortifications Cegléd enjoyed a certain amount of peace and prosperity between raiding vandals for nearly hundred fifty years, that followed until the 1848 War of Independence. In 1834 a fire destroyed the town again and Cegléd assumed today's city layout after it was rebuilt.
In Cegléd Louis Kossuth (Kossuth Lajos) read his War of Independence declaration, calling on the nation to rise up, in the nobel cause.
Cegléd still has ties to the descendants to the people who followed Kossuth to his Turin's exile.
In the 20 C. Cegléd enjoyed a rapid growth and industrial development.
Cegléd paid a leading role during the 1919 Communist regime, the restoration of the old order after the fall of Communism, during the W.W.II, when it was bombed a number of times and during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution as well.
Today the city enjoys peace and prosperity, with many nice buildings and modern amenities and as a regional school, cultural and music centre.
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