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 Hódmezővásárhely [*]
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(The County of Csongrád)

The symbols of the town: the coat-of-arms and the flag

The coat-of-arms, with its vivid colours, has been the symbol of the town for several hundred years.

The coat-of-arms of Hódmezővásárhely, by its registering in 1896, is a straight shield, ending in a point. The field of the shield is light blue. At the right top of the field gold sun can be seen representing a human face and with fourteen rays of flame. Next to it at the left top there is a crescent silver moon, also with a human face.

At the bottom of the shield an armoured, inflexioned arm can be seen grasping three arrows.

Without the plates of the shoulder and the upper arm there are seven plates painted.

The tips of the arrows are directed upwards.

The sun and the moon lying side by side replace the upper part of the shield while the armoured arm replaces the whole lower part of the shield.

The arm at the cutting off in the upper arm is flesh-coloured, the hand is self -coloured.

Above the upper horizontal part of the shield in the middle there is a let down steel vizored helmet, the neck encircled with a gold necklace, on the necklace hangs a gold medal.

The helmet is decorated with a five-pointed coronet. The middle and the two outside points of the coronet are three cuspidated oak leaves shaped and form a cross. At the cross there is a blue round gem, while the intermidiate two points end in a ball.

On the side of the coronet under the cross shaped leaves, there are blue coloured round gems one by one.

The vizored helmet lower inside part and the surface behind the vizor is flesh coloured like the cut of the upper arm. The vizored helmet and the armoured arm is light grey coloured shaded with dark grey on line drawing.

The acanthus leaves of Renaissance style form the ornament of the

coat-of-arms. The upper part of the leaves are pressed to the top of the helmet by the coronet.

The upper three-three leaves bend over the two sides, the right side red- coloured bending-out with a silver base, the left side blue-coloured bending out with a gold base. The acanthus leaves relief factured by early Renaissance style.

The blue colours of the coaf-of-arms recalls the air, the sky, the water, which were the symbols of cleanness and justness.

On the right side of the shield stands the sun, while the opposite side there is the crescent moon, which are the symbols of the days and nights, the shining power of the universe, the constancy of morality and the instability of luck.

The lower part of the shield with the cutting arm and the three arrows recall the heroic struggles of the Turkish occupation of Hungary in the 16th and the 17th century, in which the inhabitansts of our town took part.

Dimensions of the coat-of-arms:

If we consider the shield's width as one unit, then the height of the shield is 1.4.

The complete width of the decoration is 2.

The vizored helmet from the point which reaches the shield till the tip of the coronet is 1 unit.

Hódmezővásárhely has been town of county-rank since 1990.

The major of the town is Dr.András Rapcsák since 1990, who is also member of the Parliament since 1994.

Hódmezővásárhely (Post Code: 6800, district phone code: 62, Tourinform: 248-992) Hódmezővásárhely is settled on the South-Eastern part of the Plain, 25 kms from Szeged. The former county town (1950-1962) nowadays a city of county rank, can be found in the junction of the roads No. 45 and 47. The settlement has been lived in, right from the prehistoric ages. On the confines archeologist opened signs of a 7000-year old settlement. The remains of the copper-age, the broze age, the iron age and the migration period were opened one by one. Before the Mongol Invasion seven templed villages were placed here. The region developped into a town in the middle of the 15th century, when the ancient separated villages absorbed and created one of the special great borough of the Plain. A special colonial structure came into form with as great circulation of detached farms. The face of the city-center was shaped about the turn of the century. The Hotel Fekete Sas, the City Hall, the building of the city bank, and the Casino were built in these times. The City with the second greatest administrational territory in the country became the economic, cultural, educational and artistical centre of the South-Plain. The patience and the beauty of the scenery entice the artists, so the city lives a dominative and colourful artistic life. It's more than four decades, that the October annual Autumn Exhibition, which is known all over the country, open its doors for the visitors in the Tornyai Museum. Hódmezővásárhely's arts has wide-spread traditions for decades. The artist-colony and the summer freeschool gives international appreciation for the art-students. The special wool-enbroidery of Hódmezővásárhely, the folk-pottery, the pieces of wood-carvers, and fancy leather good makers store up the past. Between the World Wars the city saved the agricultural character of its economy. After 1945 new industrial branches started to operate: scale-firming, production of china and machinery. By now the firms of these branches were reshaped and converted partly to enterprises with international interests. The purposes of the city- management are building the public utilities at the highest level, because that is the main conditions for the economic and social developement. The investement of the Industry Park started in 1998 will provide more good conditions for the industrial production by its services and infrastructure, it helps the correction of the industrial system, the settling of new branches and the technological developement. Among the Hungarian cities the activity of Hódmezővásárhely was the first that was awarded with the Flag of Honour of the Europe-prize by the Europen Council in 1997. This activity is directing to the care of Union-idea, and the connections with the sister-cities, the development of infrastructure and saving of the environment. The conditions, the events, and programs will establish the touristical developement of the city.