National and historical symbols of Hungary

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The Coat-of-Arms of the Village of Kápolnásnyék [¤]
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Kápolnásnyék

(County Fejér)

The description of the coat-of-arms is as follows here:

The coat-of-arms is a shield erect framed or, couped at point, pierced flanchewise, the base pointed; at fess point party per fess by a bar or. The upper field bears: azure, a medieval side chapel argent with a cross. The lower field bears: vert, a quill-pen or fesswise. Above the top the foundation date of the settlement, beneath the shield on a scroll or the motto Kápolnásnyék.

The canting charges in the village's coat-of-arms symbolise local history. The date 1193 is the first documented mention of the settlement, the chapel (in which according to a legend St Gerard celebrared his last mass) refers to the village's name (kápolna meaning chapel), whereas the quill-pen is a reference to Kápolnásnyék's greatest son, the poet Mihály Vörösmarty.

The area has been inhabited since the late Bronze Age. During the centuries that followed it would be the dwelling place for the peoples who were to be found in Hungary at that time. The settlement's recent features go back to the early 20th century. The locals are the descendants of the day-labourers of the local nobles, as well as of those who used to work in Fehérvár and Budapest.

Due to the prospering tourism by Lake Velencei in the 1930s, Kápolnásnyék, as a "background settlement" serving commercial needs and providing services for holiday-makers, became the third wealthiest settlement in the district of Fehérvár. Well-to-do tradesmen, craftsmen and entrepreneurs settled down here and opened their businesses. It was at the same time that local infrastucture also began to develop, and a telephone center, a gendarme post, a general practitioner's surgery, a railway station and a mill began to operate. The second world war caused immeasurable damage to the village and the dwellers' property, and led to a setback of development for a long period of time.

From the 1970s onward Kápolnásnyék belonged to the Municipality of Velence, a status that resulted in the stagnation of the settlement. Following the political changes of 1989, the village once again became independent. The local government was brought into life in 1990: the mayor's and the district notary's offices were set up, thus the local administration of the villagers' affairs was made possible. The village has a secondary school of its own, which has grown out of the local primary school. There are 560 students educated here, who can choose from a number of specialisations including tourism and business. Social tasks to be carried out by the local authority include maintaining the kindergarten with its three groups of children, as well as running the old people's home care center.

One of the major tasks of the new local government is to complement the list of plants already in operation (MOL Ltd, Vörösmarty agricultural co-operative) with new ones that seek and find a business area in this village of favourable location, railway station and motorway access. Recently the German company RUFORM (an ironworks), as well as many smaller businesses have started to operate locally by utilising the opportunities offered by Kápolnásnyék's good infrastructure.

Local authorities have been attempting to use this opportunity and attract businesses and companies that are looking for an easily accessible, centrally located environment with business-friendly atmosphere.

Apart from agriculture, the settlement's present and future is increasingly dominated by tourism. Kápolnásnyék has once again become an important factor as a "background settlement" of tourism by Lake Velencei. Tourists are catered for by many services and shops. Houses have been redecorated and modernised.

As a result, more and more villagers are able to readily accommodate tourists. This means that Kápolnásnyék has joined the circuit of tourism by Lake Velencei.

A more active role in tourism, as well as the support of environmental-friendly businesses are seen by the local authority as possible ways to future development.

The memory of Mihály Vörösmarty, the village's greatest son is worthily cherished by the villagers, who are already making preparations for the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the poet's birth in the year 2000.

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