Leaving Fő tér, you arrive at Jurisics tér, the town’s old marketplace, which is just as full of monuments and listed buildings as Fő tér was. Here you will find truly unique treasures including the Gothic and Baroque St. James’ church, Saint Emeric’s church built for the reformed community but then later given to the Catholic congregation, the Town Well built in 1766, the lavishly decorated Sgrafitto House, the statue of Mary with its twisting column, a remnant of the cult of Mary of the Catholic Revival period, and the Golden Unicorn Pharmacist’s Museum, which is famous all over the country.
This museum is truly special: the Golden Unicorn Pharmacist’s building, which opened in 1743, has been reconstructed to show the shop as it would have looked in the 18th century, and showcases the relics of the monastic and civil pharmacy from the 17th to 19th centuries. The crown jewel of the exhibition is the original furnishings of the Jesuit pharmacist’s shop from 1735–1744. (Fun fact: although a pharmacist’s museum is not a common attraction in the world, Kőszeg actually has two: the Golden Unicorn and also the Black Saracen.) Jurisics tér is the home of Hungary’s oldest serving town hall – the aldermen of Kőszeg have been managing town matters in this building of yellow and red-striped livery since the 14th century. But the square is dominated by the Heroes’ Tower, a surprisingly “new” monument erected in 1932, in place of the original town gate, which was demolished in the 19th century. The tower now serves as an exhibition space for the Town Museum, with music playing from the balcony on festive occasions. Passing through the gate at the foot of the tower, you can continue your town tour towards Jurisics Castle.