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 Village of Szokolya [¤]
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(County Pest)

Shield erect, the base curved to a point. It bears: vert, St George mounted on a horse argent, habited argent and in a waving cloak, piercing with his lance a dragon or lying on the back.

Szokolya, one of the most ancient settlements in the minor basins of Börzsöny, is situated in the valley of the brook Morgó, which collects the waters of the inner Börzsöny area. The village can be reached from Kismaros on a romantic railway line winding in the forests. The oldest building of the mediaeval settlement is the Calvinist church, built in the 14th century. The buttresses and the windows of its tower have kept their original Gothic form.

Renowned sons of Szokolya include the painters Ádám Mányoki (1673-1756) and János Viski. Mányoki, the greatest 18th century portraitist of Hungary, the court painter of Ferenc Rákóczi II and later of the elector of Saxony, the master of Baroque painting known all over Europe, was born in the building of the Calvinist parsonage. János Viski was one of the most significant 20th century Hungarian painters of animals.

Some of the oldest houses of this orderly village have preserved the architectural traditions of the late 19th century. The decoratively carved stone gate-posts to be seen on some buildings in Fő utca (Main Street) are especially remarkable. The grassy area located below the village is an ideal place for field skiing, and has been the venue of several international competitions.

Walking upward along the valley of the brook Morgó, at a distance of four kms from the village of Szokolya one can reach Királyrét (King's Meadow), the popular hunting ground of Hungary's mediaeval kings. The memory of mining and metallurgy, which were significant here in the Middle Ages and afterwards, has only been kept alive by names of peaks and farm roads. Szokolya, the village of one-time Saxon settlers is now a popular resort and a meeting place for hikers in the Börzsöny region. The highest peaks and the best ski-slopes of Higher-Börzsöny are all accessible from Királyrét.