It will be 556 years on Sunday that the Christian Hungarian troops defending Nándorfehérvár, led by János Hunyadi, inflicted a crushing defeat on the army of Turkish Sultan Mehmet II on 22 July 1456 after a battle that ensued for more than two weeks, and thereby stopped the continued expansion of the Turks in Europe for some 70 years. Parliament declared this prominent day of Hungarian and European history and of Christianity the Memorial Day of the Nándorfehérvár Victory last year.
On the memorial day, a convoy of boats will arrive at the Chain Bridge, there will be a salute and, on behalf of the Government, Defence Minister Csaba Hende will deliver a ceremonial speech by the statue of János Hunyadi at the foot of Halászbástya.
The Nándorfehérvár Victory is one of the most significant Hungarian victories in Hungarian military history in the light of the circumstances of the military challenge and the long-term consequences and international significance of the victory. Bells in the Christian world have been rung at noon in commemoration of the Nándorfehérvár victory ever since; on this day, the Pope called upon people to pray for their freedom by the tolling of the bells at noon.
On Sunday we shall commemorate the Nándorfehérvár victory