Hollókő Hungary

We are driving to a small village called Hollókő from Valley of the Beautiful Woman Eger.

We are driving to a small village called Hollókő from Valley of the Beautiful Woman Eger.

Passing the banks of Maconkai Reservoir in the town of Bátonyterenye.

Passing the banks of Maconkai Reservoir in the town of Bátonyterenye.

Getting in the village of Hollókő, its name means "Raven-stone".

Getting in the village of Hollókő, its name means “Raven-stone”.

Dr. Andrew Romanian House. Arrive at the entrance of the village centre of Hollókő

Dr. Andrew Romanian House. Arrive at the entrance of the village centre of Hollókő

Map of Hollókő Hungary

Map of Hollókő Hungary

Hollókő is a Palóc ethnographic village in Hungary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.(Ethnic Palóc is a subgroup in northern Hungary and southern Slovakia. While the Palóc have retained distinctive traditions.) Hungarian “Hollókő” means “Raven-stone” in English. (Holló is raven and kő is stone.) The village has a population of 329 inhabitants in the 2015 census.

Walking through the Kossuth Street of Hollókő. Very lovely traditional houses.

Walking through the Kossuth Street of Hollókő. Very lovely traditional houses.

Is that a baking oven in the village of Hollókő?

Is that a baking oven in the village of Hollókő?

We are going to the Muskatli Restaurant to see the famous old woman called “Piroshika Granny.”

We are going to the Muskatli Restaurant to see the famous old woman called “Piroshika Granny.”

Palóc’s female, Grannie Piroshika, 84 years old. She is very fine. She is really full of energy.

Palóc’s female, Grannie Piroshika, 84 years old. She is very fine. She is really full of energy.

She is offering us plum vodka, and telling us how to make strings from wool and how to make popcorn.

She is offering us plum vodka, and telling us how to make strings from wool and how to make popcorn.

After that she talked about the youth and sang a local folk song. The aging has progressed in the village, and few people know old things. Really pretty Grannie.

Said good-bye to the grannie Piroshika, we are walking on the Kossuth Street again.

Said good-bye to the grannie Piroshika, we are walking on the Kossuth Street again.

Lovely Ravens Hollókő

Lovely Ravens Hollókő

According to the legend, one day, a band of bandits came to a small village of Palóc and they plundered the village of everything they could lay hands on. That night, the villagers prayed to St. Martin “Please protect this little village.” The next morning, many ravens came flying with stones, enough to darken the sky. The ravens threw the stones at the thieves. They barely escaped with their lives. And they never appeared again in this village. The villagers still believe that the raven is the messenger from St. Martin.

Parish Church St. Martin

Parish Church St. Martin

The focus of the village’s spiritual and social life, this adorable wooden church was built as a granary in the 16th century and sanctified in 1889. It is fairly austere both inside and out.

Entrance and Interior of St. Martin Church

Entrance and Interior of St. Martin Church

From the church walking along the Kossuth street, there is a narrow mountain path.

Narrow mountain path to Hollókő Castle.

Narrow mountain path to Hollókő Castle. Let’s go to Hollókő Castle from here.

Walking to the castle.

Walking to the castle.

Arrived at Hollókő Castle

Arrived at Hollókő Castle

The gate of the castle of Hollókő. Now, let's step into the castle.

The gate of the castle of Hollókő. Now, let’s step into the castle.

View from the castle

View from the castle

Paid the fee at the ticket office, walking up the stairs and enter the castle.

Paid the fee at the ticket office, walking up the stairs and enter the castle.

Historical materials are displayed in the castle.

Historical materials are displayed in the castle.

Hollókő is surrounded in rich green.

Hollókő is surrounded in rich green.

After Hollókő Castle, we are going down the hill and looking for some souvenirs in a craft shop.

Souvenir shop of Hollókő. Traditional crafts of Palóc. Dolls and artificial flowers are made from corn hulls.

Souvenir shop of Hollókő. Traditional crafts of Palóc. Dolls and artificial flowers are made from corn hulls.

It is time to leave this lovely village already.We spent very happy time. Thank you Palóc friends, good-bye.

Leaving the village of Palóc, Hollókő. Playhouse for kids. Blossoms are in full bloom. The village of Palóc is embraced by green.

Leaving the village of Palóc, Hollókő. Playhouse for kids. Blossoms are in full bloom. The village of Palóc is embraced by green.

 

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