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 Szécsény [¤]
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(Nógrád County)

The coat-of-arms of the town of Szécsény is an oval shield erect and azure. In base a tablet, ornamented with floral motives and the initials S.V. in it. From the tablet an armoured and helmed warrior is issuing, borne slightly at a slant toward the dexter. In his dexter hand warrior is holding an upword-pointing scimitar, transfixing a Turk’s head. Head is adorned with a horse’s tail, Turkish style. Near the warrior’s head the charge of a flying bird is borne. All the charges within the shield are or. Shield is enframed by a broader bend or and a narrow bendlet azure.

Szécsény, a town of approximately 7,000 inhabitants, is located in northern Hungary. The town was built in beautiful surroundings on the plateau by the Ipoly river. Its area is 3.38 square kilometres and it is located at a distance of 100 kilometres from Budapest, the capital. The town is accessible both by rail and via trunk road No. 22.

The name of Szécsény was first mentioned in writing in 1219, but as it is attested by the archeological finds, unearthed in the vicinity of the town, the area had been inhabited as early as the Prehistoric Age. In 1334 Szécsény was raised to the rank of town. It was in this town that Ferenc Rákóczi II was elected Prince of Transylvania by the parliamentary session of 1705.

The town has rich traditions in education. Currently there is a secondary grammar school and several vocational secondary schools specialised in informatics and agriculture. The Centre for Art and Art Education plays an important role in the cultural life of the settlement. This building houses a number of civilian cultural organisations, including the gold-medal-winning Ferenc Erkel Mixed Choir and the traditional Palóc Folk Dance Ensemble.

Nearby Hollókő, a World Heritage Site and Ipolytarnóc, which had been awarded with a European Diploma, as well as the architectural monuments of Szécsény itself, attract a lot of tourists and visitors to the area. The Franciscan church and monastery, founded in 1332, can be found in the town centre. These buildings were originally built in Gothic style, and later, in the 18th century they were rebuilt in Baroque style. This complex functions as a monastery these days as well and novices are educated within its walls. A nationally famous part of this building is the Gothic sacristy and the so-called Rákóczi Hall above it.

The Lutheran church of the town was built in 1886 in neo-Romanesque style and it can be found in the former Castle Square. The Forgách mansion was built on the walls of the Medieval inner castle and it was in the 17th century that it was rebuilt in its present-day Baroque form. The building of the mansion houses the town museum today. The one-time town walls and watch towers around Szécsény were built in the 16th and 17th centuries and they were uninterruptedly rebuilt and enlarged in the period of the Turkish wars. Several of these fortified walls and battlements have survived until now.

The former parish church of Szécsény was built in the first half of the 14th century and it got destroyed under the Turkish occupation. Today it stands as a renovated church ruins. The early 17th century Baroque pharmacy of the town, still in operation, can be found in Trinity Square. The most unique building of the town is the ’leaning’ fire-watch tower. It was built in the 1820s ont he site of the former wooden belfry of the town, then, one hundred years later, it was rebuilt in its present-day form.

The minepond, located in the Ipoly Valley on the outskirts of the town, is a paradise for anglers. The naturally swampy area of the Ipoly river, its rich flora and fauna offer the visitors of the town an unforgettable experience.


1. Aerial view of Szécsény (from a hang-glider)

2. Aerial view of the center of Szécsény (from a hang-glider) ( 300m )

3. Aerial view of the center of Szécsény (from a hang-glider) ( 300m )

4. Aerial view of the castle and the lake of the Castle garden (from a hang-glider)

5. Lake of the Castle garden, with the Castle and the Roof of the Church in the background

6. Castle Forgách

7. Firetower and its surroundings, watched from the Town Hall

8. Firetower

9. Firetower

10. Town Hall, watched from the Firetower

11. Town Hall

12. Ancient trees in the Castle garden