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 Town of Hévíz [¤]
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(The County of Zala)

The coat-of-arms of Hévíz is a shield with a rounded base, at fess point parti per fess azure and argent. In chief azure a griffin passant or, abaissé, langued gules, holding in the dexter forepaw a sword. In base argent a full water-lily gules, leaved vert. The coat-of-arms can also be emblazoned with two alder branches or crossed in saltire and enfiling the shield base.

According to geologists, the water of Lake Hévíz, the largest hot-water lake in the world, burst onto the surface 20,000 years ago. Hévíz Domb (Hill) situated by the lake has evidently been inhabited since the Neolithic Age. The Romans, who had a highly developed cult of bathing, might possibly have bathed in the hot medicinal water, which can indirectly be proved by the Jupiter altar stones and the remains of Roman walls found near the lake. Many legends have survived relating the healing power and the miraculous effects of the lake.

The griffin in the town's coat-of-arms also refers to the miraculous effect of the lake. From the 18th century until the end of World War Two, the lake was owned by the Festetics family. It was they who, probably at the beginning of the 1900s, had the two stone cherubs (creatures with a lion's body and a griffin's head) supporting the family's coat-of-arms erected by the entrance to the bathing area. The cherubs were superior creatures in the service of gods in the mythology of ancient Semitic peoples. Their role was to guard gates and keep evil spirits away. It was usual to erect cherubs outside royal palaces and the gates of churches. The aim of the Festetics family probably was to revive and observe this old tradition when they had the statues erected by the entrance to the lake. The upper part of the town's coat-of-arms created in 1992 is a reference to this symbol.

The red water-lily in the lower part of the coat-of-arms (Nymphaea rubra var. longiflora) is the most widely known symbol of Hévíz. The red water-lily was planted in the water of Lake Hévíz in 1898 by Sándor Lovassy, professor of the Agricultural Academy at Keszthely. These water-lilies, native to Bengal, have since then become the lake's favourite sight, bearing a near-symbolical significance.

The two golden alder branches surrounding the base of the shield refer to the most typical tree of the protective belt of forests around Lake Hévíz, the resinous alder, which prefers swampy and wet soils, and which has dominated this swampy area for centuries. An example of this is the name of the one-time village of Egregy, now part of Hévíz, which is said to originate in the word éger, meaning alder.