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 Town of Pápa
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(The County of Veszprém)

Pápa is a small town, situate north of lake Balaton, on the border of the plain in Northwestern Hungary, under the moutain of Bakony. The town was first mentioned in sources in the century.

Throughout Middle Ages it was an important commercial, agricultural centre.

The arms of Pápa: in front of a silver escutheon, standing obliquely, wearing a green palm-branch crosswise, in blue field, on green ground, St.Stephen the first martyr wearing deaconal clothes, a white surplice and a red dalmatic, embroidered with gold and having golden tassel, put on it, is kneeling bare headed, encircled with glory, turning right, clasping his hands in prayer while above his head three stones showing his stoning to death, in the right corner of the arms a silver half-moon, in its left corner a six-branched golden star can be seen.

The peresent face of town, its baroque look was ogtained in the XVIIIth century, after the Turkish wars. The determinative personalities of this period were the Esterházys. The most outstandings of them was count Károly Esterházy, bishop of Eger, whose large-scale plans remarkable buildings originated one of the most beatiful Baroque squares of Middle Europe. The houses of main (Fő) Square, built in Baroque style and in the style of the age of Louis XVI in France, as well as several streets of the historic inner town, bear marks of Middle ages' housing development.

In the heart of the town stands the Roman Catholic Big Church (Nagytemplom) which was built according to Károly Esterházy's conceptions, on the site of earlier churches. Its famous frescos were painted by Franz Anton Maulbertsch.

On the site of the former border fortress is standing the Castle. Its U-shaped building is a masterpiece by Jakab Fellner and József Grossmann. Its marvellous palatine-chamber is an ornament of the museum called Károly Esterházy. The reconstruction of the former Castle Chapel was awarded a diploma of merit 1990 from Europa Nostra.

The rebuilt town's centre, this historic part of Pápa, got a Hild János medal in 1989, which is the Hungarian architects' prominent acknowledgement.