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 Hejőkürt [¤]
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(The County of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén)

Shield erect, its base is curved to a point. Chief gules, base vert. In field gules an equestrian figure. Horse is borne proper (brown), the horseman argent. The man on the horse is holding a scimitar argent and in his sinister hand he is holding the reins and a swallow-tailed banner azure. In chief above the horseman on the dexter side the charge of a human-faced sun, in the middle two six-pointed stars argent and on the sinister side the charge of the moon crescent. Shield is topped by a bishopric hat which is decorated with strings and on the dexter and on the sinister side bobbles gules are hanging from it. Below the shield a ribbon is borne with the settlement’s name HEJŐKÜRT inscribed in it.

In the County Archives of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County a seal print was discovered which goes back to the year 1840. The inscription of the seal reads as follows: KÜRTI NEMESÉG PETSÉTYE. The charges of the seal can be described as follows:

The main charge features the figure of an armed warrior on his horse. In his sinister hand warrior is holding the reins, a whip pointing toward the front and a bit downward and a swallow-tailed blue banner which is fixed to a short pole. In his dexter hand the horseman is holding a scimitar. In addition to the main charge - similar to other contemporary coats of arms – the charges of the sun, the moon and two stars are borne in the seal. The ground from which the horse is jumping is arched. The seal of 1840 could serve as a good starting point when designing Hejőkürt’s modern coat of arms. It featured a well-balanced system of charges, namely, living beings, the horse and the horseman, celestial charges including the sun, the moon and the stars as well as man-made objects including the man’s arms and the banner. All these charges are borne as parts of a shield. The shield with a base, curved to a point was common in heraldry in the last decades of the 19th century. This was the period when Hejőkürt got repopulated. The form of the shield is the symbol of the settlement’s new life. The colour red (gules) is a reference to struggles and problems of everyday life and it is also the symbol of the inhabitants’ hard work.

The equestrian soldier gives the impression of a powerful and strong person. His legs are stretched. He is a tall and good-looking man. The warrior is habited in armour and in his dexter (right) hand he is holding a scimitar just about to strike. In his sinsiter hand three charges are borne, all of these signal that he is a well-trained and good.soldier. The banner is a reference to his affiliation as well as his readiness to take responsibilities. The banner is tinctured azure. The reins symbolise the warrior’s determination. The third object is either a whip or a war hammer. This object did not become part of the settlement’s coat of arms, in order to aviod its congestion. The horse is proper (brown) and it is borne in its full figure. The movement of the animal suggests speed and dynamism. It is borne as an extremely strong animal, its whole body is tense, front legs are bent and its tail signals that it is about to jump high. Above the horseman’s head the charge of a sun is borne . Since it is borne on the sinister side it suggests the setting sun. The charge is a sun rayonnant featuring eight straight and eight flame-like rays. It is tinctured or. The human-faced sun resembles children’s drawings. It has eyes, a nose and a mouth. Above the horseman’s head a moon is borne, too, also human-faced. It is not borne as a full moon, but it is the moon crescent instead. It is turning toward the sun. It also features eyes, a nose and a mouth and it is tinctured argent. Two stars are borne between the charges of the sun and the moon and they are tinctured argent.

The charges of the sun, moon and the stars are the symbols of life and Creation. Base is divided by a powerful straight line. It might symbolise the firmness and strength of faith. In addition, the horse is also jumping form firm ground. Base is vert, a tincture, which symbolises the Borsodf flood zone, the proximity of the Tisza river as well as the significance of local agriculture. Below the shield a ribbon argent is borne encouped, in which the settlement’s name HEJŐKÜRT is inscribed in letters sable. As it is attested by research Hejőkürt used to be the property of the bishopric of Eger. This fact might also be symbolically depicted in the coat of arms of the settlement, depending on the decision of the body of local representatives. The low, wide-brimmed bishopric hat in the settlement’s coat of arms symbolises the religious affiliation of Hejőkürt’s inhabitants. On its two sides strings are borne which end in bobbles on both sides. The hat is tinctured vert, featuring six bobbles gules on each side which resemble mantling.