National and historical symbols of Hungary

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The Coat-of-Arms of the Village of Márkháza
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(Nógrád County)

Shield: doubled knight shield, built on centerline.

Across the chief sun or is borne, the ancient Hungarian coat-of-arms or and argent with Hungarian royal crown or is within it. In middle fess Patriarchal cross or in juniper vert.

The sunrays illuminate mounds refering to the settlements of the Valley of Kis-Zagyva.

In base the name of the village: MÁRKHÁZA and the date: 2000. are borne.

Márkháza is a village in Nógrád County; it is located in the ’Kis Zagyva’ valley, at a distance of 15 kilometres from Salgótarján, the county seat.

The number of Márkháza’s inhabitants is 260. The breakdown of inhabitants by age group is favourable: there are 64 pupils and 130 working age people in the village.

The number of the elderly is 66, which means that the inhabitants of Márkháza resist the trend of aging. As local legend has it, the village was named after Márk, son of Samson, one-time owner of the nearby castle of Fehérkő.

The first written mention of the settlement’s name goes back to 1548, the year, when it was recorded that marauding Turkish troops destroyed the settlement of Márkháza.

After the period of the Turkish Conquest the name of the village was Tótmarokháza, a fact, which proves that the village had had Slovak population as well, who later got ’Magyarised’.

The location of the village in that period was in a neighbouring valley. The geographical names as well as the surnames of many of the local people are of Slavic origin in the village and they also call our attention to the Slovak settlers of the village.

Márkháza was a mining village in the past and the village houses stretched along a valley between the two castles on the nearby hilltops. In the golden age of local coal mining Márkháza had as many as 60 miners daily who worked underground.

In the early 1990s Márkháza was an underprivileged settlement and 90% of the inhabitants found employment elsewhere. The roads were of poor quality, mass transport was difficult to use, due to these difficulties the inhabitants of Márkháza commuted to other places. Since the changing of the political system in Hungary the rate of commuters has not grown further. The local government had done a lot to improve the living and working conditions in the village.

The joint Complex Regional Association of smaller settlement in the regioni was brought about and the other settlements of the Kis Zagyva valley also joined in with the aim of creating new jobs. Water mains, gas mains were laid down in these villages and the local roads got paved. There is no school or kindergarten in the village; its public institutions include the Cultural centre, the Library, the Sports Centre (sports field, playground and tennis courts) , the office of the district notary and the Doctor’s surgery.

The most important condition of the village’s further development is the intensification of local economy, which also means more income for the inhabitants. In this respect skilled and educated entrepreneurs and better information channels are needed.