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 Apaj [¤]
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Apaj

(The County of Pest)

Shield erect in the shape of a horse's head, vert and azure. Base: azure. In chief vert three demi-ears of corn or are issuing from a heraldic crown or , with two leaves leaning out to the dexter and to the sinister. On both sides as supporters two rampant stallions are emblazoned, argent, each turning toward the shield and standing on an arabesque of golden ribbon. In the centre field of the arabesque the inscription of APAJ is borne in capital letters, sable. Before and after the settlement's name a decorative dot is borne respectively.

The settlement's characteristics as well as relics of local history served as bases when designing Apaj's coat-of-arms. The other ruling idea was the heraldic rule by which the fewer charges are borne in a shield the more meaningful it is, since the primary task of a coat-of-arms is distinction, and not giving away detailed information about its owner.

Apaj has been widely known as the scene of horse shows and as a place of sheep and cattle breeding.

The golden crown symbolises the one-time nobiliary families living at Apaj. Corn production is also significant today. The blue base is symbolical of the nearby lakes. In addition to their literal meaning the stallions as supporters also refer to the horses of the Conquering Magyars. The colour green of the chief is a reference to the primary agricultural nature of the village.

In heraldry the tinctures (colours) of the shield can also be related to the cosmic world. According to this rule they can be interpreted as follows:

Metals:

Or (Sun): sense, wit, faith, authority, superiority, chastity and virtue.

Argent (moon): wisdom, honesty, innocence, purity and prudency.

Colours:

Azure (Jupiter): consistency, perseverance, stamina and trust.

Vert (Venus): freedom, love, hope, beauty and eternity.

Photos:

1. Future generation of horsemen

2. Show-ring

3. Apajpuszta on a rainy day

4. Horse herders' race

5. Coach driving

6. Coach race

7. Horse polo

8. Horse show

9-10. Hungarian grey breed

11. Pony coach

12. Jumping competition