National and historical symbols of Hungary

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The Coat-of-Arms of the Village of Mád [¤]
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(The County of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén)

Shield erect. It bears the figures of St. John the Baptist and an angel handing a chalice of wine over to him.

Mád is a settlement in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County and it is one of the settlements of the renowned Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region, which can boast long historic past. Due to its world famous viniculture as well as its architectural sights the village of Mád has been one of the World Heritage sites since 2002. The geographical location of the settlement is extremely favourable since it is siutated in a protected valley, open only from the south and it is embraced by mountains and hills on the north as well as on the east and west. The first written mention of the settlement goes back to the 13th century, to the period of the reign of the Árpád dynasty. In the Middle Ages the settlement was part of the royal estate, then it was raised to the rank of a market town. It was in the early 1600s several parts from the area of the village went into the possession of the members of the Rákóczi family.

The settlement’s rich history has since the 15th-16th centuries been closely linked with the production of the world famous Tokaj wine. Mád was one of the region’s wine trading centres and the price for the Tokaj wine was also determined here. It was in the 17th and 18th centuries that the village of Mád lived the golden age of its history. Several Jewish families settled down in the village and their members were also wine traders.The settlement’s one-time wealth is attested by several of its architectural monuments, including its 16th century church, built in late Gothic style, the 18th century chapel and the statue of St. John in the settlement’s Roman Catholic cemetery, the 17th century customs house, the Baroque Rákóczi-Aspremont mansion, the Calvinist church, built in the early 19th century, as well as several smaller nobiliary mansions. Due to these architectural highlights the main street of the village can boast urban features The 18th century late Baroque synagogue of the settlement is known all over the world and it is one of the oldest and most beautiful synagogues in Hungary. It was also very successfully renovated. Due to the settlement’s rapid economic growth the Savings Bank of Hegyalja was founded in Mád in 1872. In the second half of the 20th century the mining and processing of minerals also became important occupations in the village. According to recent research the unique taste and flavour of the wines of Mád are due to the local volcanic rocks, which are rich in minerals and trace elements. The settlement’s viniculture and wine cellars are world famous. One fifth of the area of the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region is the area around Mád. The panorama around the village is breathtakingly beautiful. Local inhabitants favour Szilvásfürdő as a popular place for outings. The springs of Szilvásfürdő can be found in the Szilvás valley. The place is famous for its two-hundred year old chestnut alley where visitors can consume local mineral waters. Mád is an ideal place for outings and the settlement attracts visitors who want to spend a memorable weekend in nice surroundings.