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State holding company issues tender for lease of Eger minaret

The Hungarian State Holding Company (MNV) has issued a tender for the lease of the 17th-century minaret in the city of Eger for touristic purposes, the business daily Napi Gazdaság reported.

The newspaper said that MNV will accept bids of no less than HUF 1 million per year for the open-ended lease of the minaret. MNV reassumed ownership of the minaret in November 2010 after the company that previously leased the Ottoman mosque tower underwent liquidation.

The Ottoman Turks built the 40-meter-high minaret during their 91-year occupation of the city between 1596 to 1687.