SZAMOSANGYALOS - Hungary
 

Untouched natural environment, fresh air, peace and silence – all of these characterise Szamosangyalos, the next “legendary” village. The first part of the name, Szamos was received after river Szamos, while Angyalos is the Hungarian equivalent of the Latin “angelus”.

Jókai was inspired by the village
Mór Jókai only once visited Szabolcs-Szatmár County while he was taking part in a trip to Transylvania. In 1876 from Transylvania he visited Ferenc and István Domahidy, his members of parliament, and from here he travelled together with Ferenc to Szamosangyalos by car. The description of his journey called “In the Ecsed-fen” was written based on this experience, and according to the history of literature he heard his anecdote, entitled “The cock of Csenger” from the Domahidy-s and in his novel, entitled “The white women of Lõcse” he also used his memories about Szatmár in chapter “Gregor Pintye”.

Domahidy – mansion
The biggest landowner of Szamosangyalos was the Domahidy family. In the middle of the 19th century Ferenc Domahidy, known as the Lord Lieutenant of Szatmár County, had a Classicist style mansion house built in the village. An interesting fact about the building is that the frontage is mezzanine while the back side is two-storied. Later the noble house was re-built in eclectic style according to those days’ fashion. In the basement there were two big rooms, the kitchen, serving place and lavatories while on the first floor 4 rooms and a parlour could be found. In 1945 the members of the Domahidy family left the mansion house, and the house became the centre of Kossuth Farmer’s Agricultural Co-operative in the 1950s.  The valuable trees of the park were cut, and a storing place for apples, a grinder and a distillery operated on its place. In the 1960s the mansion house became unowned and deserted and its condition deteriorated. The family crypt collapsed, the coffins were broken, the bones were scattered, which were later buried in the cemetery.
Later the mansion house was provided with a new function and after the necessary reconstructions a social residential institution was established in the building for addicted people. Today this does not operate any more. Meanwhile the building became a national monument and a relaxing park was built around it. At present it is private-owned and cannot be visited. (Rákóczi u. 48.)

The crypt of Domahidy family
The family’s still alive members had the crypt of Domahidy renovated in the cemetery in the near past.

Calvinist church
The national monument Calvinist church is a single-naved building with its sanctuary to the east. In 1799 it was built from brick, which were brought from Nagykároly, and Baroque and Classicist shapes were combined harmonically. The high, robust, three-parted church tower gives a special character to its frontage. The sheet iron onion-shaped cap above the edge of the clock ends in a steeple, and there are a ball, flag and star on it. (Until 1800, when the flood of river Szamos washed away the church, the village’s church had a round ground-plan.) Inside at the east and west sides simple columned wooden organ-lofts can be found.  From its 18th century “copf” furnishings the cylindriform vase of the beautiful pulpit is decorated with carved motifs of plants and from the tripartite cornice little carved wooden fruits hang. The tower in front of the church’s frontage was raised in 1890. (Rákóczi u. 18., Tel: +36-44-520-075)

Brandy (pálinka) distillery
The famous Szatmár plum brandy (pálinka) is prepared in a nice house of the village. The process of the famous – and aromatic – product can be looked at every day. (Rákóczi u. 54., Tel: +36-20-916-1507)

Village houses with veranda
In many places of the village Szatmár’s village houses can be seen, which remind people of the lifestyle of ancestors.

Monument of World War II
In honour of people who died in World War II a memorial plaque was inaugurated.


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