The story of the Iron Rooster (Danube Gate Square)
The legendary Iron Rooster
The well-known symbol of the city of Győr, the Iron Rooster was erected on the Danube Gate Square by the Turks in 1594, after they had conquered the city. The leader of the invading troops believed that the castle was impossible to capture and he proudly predicted: Győr would only be in Christian hands again if the Iron Rooster started to crow and the half moon below it would turn into a full moon.
Four years later as the Hungarian troops aiming at recapture the castle reached the Fejérvár Gate, one brave cavalryman climbed up to the Iron Rooster and waited until daybreak. In the dawn light he imitated the crow of the rooster, and as the rays of the rising sun hit the half moon it made it look full. The Turks thought that the prophecy had come true and their God had taken the side of the Hungarians. In the huge panic they exploded their barrels full of gunpowder and due to this they decided the end of the battle.