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 Eplény [*** ¤]
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Eplény

(The County of Veszprém)

Eplény must be an ancient settlement of eventful history in the county of Veszprém but, due to specific circumstances, from the period preceding 1765 no data other than the village's name have been found.

Eplény's coat-of-arms is a kite shield erect with a pointed base. In field azure a trestle gules per fess (i.e. a fess adjoined by a bend and a bend sinister from below).

In chief a turul (mythical eagle of the ancient Magyars) alaisé at a slant, sable, adorned or and armed gules, holding in the talons a scimitar bladed argent and hilted or. Under the trestle a miner's pick with bar sable and handle or and an oak branch vert acorned, crossed in saltire.

Across the top a tournament helmet proper borne affronté, bordered and barred or, lined gules, round the gorget on a ribbon a medaillon, all or. The crest is a five-pointed (verdured three with two pearls) open crown verdured or, adorned by rubies, emeralds, sapphires and pearls.

Mantling: on the dexter gules and or, on the sinister azure and argent.

Eplény's coat-of-arms is one of what we call canting arms. The red trestle in the middle refers to the name of the settlement, meaning "a crossbar joining sledge runners"; furthermore, it may refer to any kind of wooden structure spanning a space. Consequently, it is very likely that the one-time residents used to serve the king or the church as carpenters and woodworkers by mainly making sledges. The local attraction to sledges is still manifested by the village's sledge track. The neighbouring settlements also used to be inhabited by wheelwrights, wooden-tool makers and charcoal burners. At the same time, the trestle is a reminder of pit-props and of the fact that here is a junction of several roads, as well as of Eplény's past and present bridge-like role between Olaszfalu and Zirc. The colour red may also evoke manganese ore.

As a result of fierce borderline fights in the region during the Turkish occupation, the village got depopulated. However, as indicated by the oak branch with the green leaves, it was later resettled, and the life force of its dwellers and their strong desire to survive has always been uninterrupted. The miner's pick refers to the mining of manganese ore, lasting for almost fifty years, and providing a source of living for many families.

The turul bird expresses the keeping of national traditions, loyalty to the dwelling place, as well as the fact that the settlement made a decision regarding the creation of its own symbols on the occasion of the millenial centenary of the Magyar conquest of Hungary.

The scimitar also has a dual meaning. On the one hand it symbolises the heroic past, but it also evokes the memory of St Bernard of Clairvaux, spiritual leader of the second crusade, to whose honour the local church was consecrated. Through his figure the one-time Cistercian possessions held in the village fields are also recalled.

The helmet commemorates those locals who died a heroic death, while the crown is the symbol of local autonomy.