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 Szigetvár [¤]
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(County Baranya)

Szigetvár's present coat-of-arms has been in use from 1991 onwards. Considering the traditions it was designed by , Kálmán Szijártó, a graphic artist from Pécs.

The coat-of-arms is a shield erect with a rounded base, tierced per tenté by two concave lines. The shield top is formed by two wavy lines starting from the upper edges and meeting in the middle. In the two upper fields azure of the symmetrically composed shield two lions combatant (rampant - counter rampant) or, queue fourché, holding in the dexter and sinister forepaw respectively a drawn sword argent.

In the lower field gules a brick castle argent with an open gate in the middle, a battlement of four merlons and a tall tower. The castle is flanked on both sides by two bastions, also argent.

Across the top a five-pointed heraldic coronet verdured or, ornamented gules. The tendril-shaped mantling is tinctured or, with two bunches of grapes on the dexter and two vine leaves on the sinister.

Under the shield base, as well as between the shield top and the coronet a tendril-shaped, vine-leaved ornament or is borne.

No coat-of-arms of Szigetvár has been preserved which was in use before the period of the Turkish occupation. The first known version of the town's coats-of-arms is the one which dates back to the period after the expulsion of the Turks. The 18th century coats-of-arms have been preserved on print seals now on display in the Miklós Zrinyi Museum at Szigetvár.

In all these coats of arms the main charges borne are the coronet (referring to the town's rank as free royal borough), two lions (symbolising the fight between Suleiman and Zrinyi) and the schematic representation of the castle (meaning that Szigetvár has always been a fortified settlement). The grapes and the vine leaves refer to the agricultural character of the place, while the open gate is a reminder of the openness of Szigetvár's inhabitants as well as of the free flow of ideas, goods and religious beliefs.

The facade of the Town Hall, built in 1910, is adorned by a coloured version of the settlement's coat-of-arms. This coat-of-arms is without the coronet and today with some minor alterations this version is the emblem of the Friends of The Szigetvár Castle Association and the Miklós Zrinyi Secondary Grammar and Vocational School.