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 Imola
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(Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County)

The traditional coat-of-arms is party per pale by a slightly waving brook Imola referring to the bends of the brook among the hills. Dexter, the naming flower of the village, the imola. Sinister, the national colours, the red forming roof tiles that are being produced in Imola for centuries. (These tiles are present on the roofs of the houses even nowadays.) The field vert, under the field argent, forms a hill, harmonising with the valley on the dexter. (Where the flower imola grows.) Thus the sinister side reminds us of a small peasant house. Above these, the top of the oak leaves is present, referring to the woods that surrounds the settlement. Above it a bolete is borne. (People travel even 30-40 kilometres to gather mushroom.)

Imola is situated on the northern part of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, on the territory of the old Gömör County, on the Hungarian part of the karsts of Gömör-Torna.

Imola is surrounded by the following mountains: Aggtelek, Kánó, Zubogy, Ragály and Trizs.


The village is situated in the valley of Brook Imola, flowing from north-west to south-east. The village border follows the ridges of the surrounding mountains.


The sump in the Tóberke, called “Ördöglyuk” (Devil’s Hole) by the people of Imola, belongs to the caves of the karsts of Aggtelek.

The origin of the name of the village

Imola is an ancient Hungarian linguistic word, meaning full of seaweed, mashland, which was characteristic of the village at the time of its origin.

Forms of the name: Imula, Ymola, Imolah

The history of Imola

Imola was formed between 1295 and 1344, after the Szuhai family bought the territory. The settlement was founded by the Szuhai family. The list of names of the only talliage-list of 1551 proves that the inhabitants were Hungarians.

Since the village was located a bit far from the Szuha-valley, big parts of the territory was gained by noble families through marriages or in other ways and built mansions there. The free estate of Imola slowly became a noble village.

The Turkish devastation was followed by a centuries-long decline in the village. In 1566 the Turkish burnt the village, in 1570 there weren’t any inhabited manors, finally the village was depopulated.

Following the Turkish occupation, the ancestors of the today families appeared in the village. The manorial and armalist nobles who lived in noble plots in 1668: Bodó, Lenkey, Molnár, Osvárt and Ragályi families. In 1700 it extended with the Bodnár, Deák, Huszár and Ujj families. In 1771 Imola belonged to the purest noble villages where beside 7 manorial nobles 7 armorial nobles lived.

12 people died in World War I. between the two World Wars the great depression could be felt in the village, people stared leaving to other parts of the country and the world. During World War II. there were real fighting in the village.

The names of the soldiers who fell victim to the Wars were put on the monument in the middle of the main square only after the system change. On this monument we remember of the victims of World War I. In 1956, after they had heard about the events, the youngs of Imola went to the main square of the village and recited the National Song. After this, because of being afraid of the retaliation and maybe because of thirst for adventure three of them emigrated from the country.

The people of the village made their living from agriculture from the beginning to the beginning of the century, although documents prove that tile and brick industry wee also present in Imola. In the Leléte-valley, even until recently, traces of combustion furnaces could be found. The clay was mined from around the village, from several places.

Although there wasn’t planned sylviculture in the area, the saying that the people of Imola made their living from the wood, is still true. Beside timbering they also dealt with stripping and carbonization of wood, collected mushrooms, blackthorn and rose-hips.

Mining brought changes into the life of the people. It was at about the change of the century when people went working to the iron ore mine of Rudabánya. In the years of peace before World War I. people worked in the brown coal production industry of Kurityán.

The real break-through came after World War II. The majority of men found work in Kurityán, in the mining works of Black-Valley, others in the old Chemical Integrated Factory of Borsod and in other factories in Kazincbarcika. Consequently, the fields in Imola remained uncultivated. In the beginning of the 1970s the majority of the private lands were willingly given to the state.