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

The coat-of-arms is a shield erect azure with a pointed base. In the middle of the chief argent a Szentistván matyó rose motif tinctured gules and vert, borne alaisé, flanked on both sides by a palet vert. In the palets vert, issuing from the base of the chief an ear of wheat or respectively. In the field azure the demi-figure of the aged St Stephen proper, habited in royal vestments.

Over his garment vert and adorned or in the middle a stately robe gules, gathered up over his breast by a strap or. On his waist a buckled belt or with a sword argent hilted gules. In his dexter hand held in front of him a sceptre or, in his sinister hand an orb with a patriarchal cross, all or. On his bearded head crined grey (argent) Hungary's holy crown or. Round his crowned head a cross-motived aureole or.

The shield is flanked on both sides by a Turkey oak branch respectively, held together by twigs at the base, and fructed on both sides by seven acorns or on the branches vert.

Over the shield, on a swallow-tailed arched ribbon azure, a motto reading the settlement's name SZENTISTVÁN. The motto is flanked on both sides by a small ornamental dot.

The symbols borne in the coat-of-arms relate the following with regard to the settlement:

The figure of King St Stephen signifies that the original inhabitants built their church in his honour. The name of the patron saint of the church was later transferred to the village itself, hence the name Szentistván.

The local people call themselves matyó, which is symbolised by the motif of the matyó rose in the shield. As the author of the Chronicle of the County of Borsod (1939) relates, "the inhabitants of the village of hard-working people and of truly Hungarian type have gained good reputation owing to their diligence in needlework and embroidery". Embroidery was and still is an important source of income for many local women. Occasionally, for the sake of visitors, they readily wear their richly embroidered matyó folk costumes.

The ripe golden ear of wheat refers to the agricultural way of life pursued by the villagers.

In the first half of the 20th century the inhabitants of the settlement, in order to make a living, went as seasonal workers to various parts of the country and even abroad. Owing to its well-developed infrastructure, in the 1980s Szentistván was raised to the rank of municipality. The needs of the local people are met by paved roads, a water supply system, a network of gas pipes, telephone lines and cable television, public institutions and shopping facilities.