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 Csenger [¤]
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(Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County)

The earliest one of Csenger's coats-of-arms is unfortunately not known today, but it is presumed that it must have existed in medieval times, since Csenger used to be a significant market town throughout the Middle Ages.

The town's earliest coat-of -arms, known to us today, goes back to 1742 and it was modelled on a contemporary seal print of wax. Due to its small size neither the design nor the individual charges are clearly identifiable and there is no information cocerning its tinctures. While considering the related heraldic rules these latter features had to be newly added to the settlement's coat-of-arms.

The process of creation of the settlement's coat-of-arms was as follows:

As it is known from contemporary reports and documents, Csenger's church as well as its medieval archives were burnt down in the kuruc (anti-Habsburg) fights of 1704. Thus the medieval seal prints to be found on old documents got all destroyed. Since nobody could recall the settlement's old coat-of-arms, a new one had to be created. The settlement's church itself was rebuilt in the 1740s, thus the creation of Csenger's new coat-of-arms can also be related to the same period.

The Hadady family was the most significant nobiliary family in Csenger in the 1700s. In their coat-of-arms as main charge a lion rampant was borne, and it was holding a scimitar in its paw. The origin of the tulip, or lily-like flower, a charge in the sinister field of Csenger's coat-of-arms has not been identified yet.

In the coats-of-arms of various nobiliary families in Szatmár County it was the Kölcsey family, which used a similar floral motif as a heraldic charge, although in their coat-of-arms the flowers are borne on three separate stems.

The coat-of-arms of the town of Csenger can be described as follows:

Shield erect, party per pale, base curved to a point. In sinister field gules a lion rampant or, its mouth is open and it is holding a scimitar in its dexter paw above its head.

In dexter field vert a three-flowered lily-like plant is borne, argent, with three small balls above the flower heads respectively. Along the stem three pointed leaves are borne, arranged symmetrically on the dexter and on the sinister side.