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 Soltvadkert [¤]
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(The County of Bács-Kiskun)

The coat-of-arms is incorporated in a shield or, and is a combination of Hungarian and German motifs reminiscent of the facade of a decorative barrel.

In the upper part of the shield a banderole argent with the date 1376, referring to the foundation year of the settlement. In the middle of the shield, inside the stylised barrel a vine stock is borne with bunches of grape vert and azure, representing the settlement's main economic activity. On the dexter side of the vine stock the other main characteristic feature of the settlement, the lake is borne. The sketch is tinctured azure and adumbrated argent, thus symbolising the sandy beach. On the sinister side of the vine stock a trellis or, referring to the early parcelling out of the village fields. In the upper part of the barrel a pair of vine leaves with trailers, as if crowning Nature and human activity. In the base a banderole argent again, with the motto Soltvadkert in Gothic script gules.

The original motif of the coat-of-arms is the settlement's earliest seal print. Following a few alterations, its present shape is a circle within the shield, reminiscent of a barrel, in the middle of which at first a vine stock running onto a prop was borne. In its recent representation it symbolises the modern method of cultivation, whereby the vine runs high on espaliers. The blue patch in the coat-of-arms is a reminder of Vadkerti tó (Lake Vadkert) or, as it was originally called, Büdöstó. The charge of the trellis can be explained in several ways. Soltvadkert has always been characterised by a geometrical layout of straight streets. The charge might be a reference to this, but it is also a justifiable explanation that the ancestors had had to redeem their land from the Archbishop of Kalocsa strip by strip, until they were finally able to acquire all the fields surrounding Vadkert. The date 1376 above the coat-of-arms refers to the date when the settlement was first mentioned in a historical document, whereas the Gothic inscription is a reminder of the settlers' German origin.