National and historical symbols of Hungary

In this section you can find the crests of almost 2400 settlements of Hungary with notes. Find the starting letter of the settlement in the list and click if you want to see it.

The Coat of Arms of the Village of Alsópáhok [¤]
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Alsópáhok

(Zala County)

The village of Alsópáhok bears: Shield: erect, couped at point, pierced flanchewise, the base pointed, quarterly of gules and azure. 1 gules, on a base vert the front view of Alsópáhok's church argent; 2 azure, a wine bottle or, to the dexter a loaf of bread cut in two, the line of the cut or, the crust argent; 3 azure; sinister: a stretched hide, dexter: a two-handled drawing-knife used for the preparation of the hide, all or; 4 gules; dexter: a ploughshare, sinister: a coulter, all argent. Across the top a barred helmet affronty crested with a treble plume. Tinctures: the helmet and the middle feather or, the bars and the screw affixing the crest to the helmet azure, the two side-feathers gules. Mantling: dexter: or and azure, sinister: argent and gules. Under the shield on a scroll or the motto ALSÓPÁHOK in majuscules sable.

You will find the standard design of the coat of arms enclosed in Supplement 1 of the decree.

1. The church borne in the first (red) field refers to the fact that the dominant religion in the village is Roman Catholic.

2. The hide and drawing-knife in the third (blue) field refer to tannery, the original engagement of the villagers. The process of preparing the hide also includes fulling it in water. This means beating the hide repeatedly, an action that can be described with the Hungarian verb páhol (which means "beating somebody or something with a stick, club or a piece of wood"). This activity was done in the overflowing water of Lake Hévíz. Thus the place-name páh derives from the stem of the verb páhol.

3. The ploughshare and coulter in the fourth (red) field symbolise the fact that living in the village has always depended on agriculture. Furthermore, as an abstraction, they also refer to the villagers' love of work.

4. The wine and bread in the second (blue) field refer to hospitality. In the past twenty years catering and tourism have become more and more important in the life of the settlement. At present the village has 1,266 inhabitants but this number is surpassed by the capacity of tourist accommodation (1,554). The largest unit is the KOLPING Family Hotel with a capacity of 442, which specialises in offering holiday accommodation for families with small children.