Abony

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Abony
Aerial view
Aerial view
Coat of arms of Abony
Coat of arms
Abony is located in Hungary
Abony
Abony
Location of Abony in Hungary
Coordinates: 47°11′22″N 20°00′35″E / 47.18944°N 20.00969°E / 47.18944; 20.00969
Country Hungary
Region Central Hungary
County Pest
Subregion Cegléd
KSH code 27872[1]
Area[1]
 • Total 127.97 km2 (49.41 sq mi)
Highest elevation 100 m (300 ft)
Lowest elevation 90 m (300 ft)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 15,681
 • Density 120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 2740
Area code +36 53
Website www.abony.hu

Abony is a town in Pest County, Hungary.

Geography[edit]

Abony is a town in the south-east of Pest County, between the Danube and Tisza rivers. It is 16 km (10 mi) from Cegléd and 85 km (53 mi) from Budapest, at an elevation of 90 to 100 m (300 to 330 ft). The area is on the River Tisza's wide floodplain which approximates 13,000 hectares (32,000 acres). Its rich black soil contains some sand.

History[edit]

  • There are some archaeological finds from the 7th and 8th centuries.
  • The village was part of the shire county of Szolnok in the 13th century.
  • The first known record of the village is in 1450 as Aban.
  • In 1474, Balázs Magyar, his daughter Benigna Magyar and later her husband Pál Kinizsi owned the land.
  • In 1515, István Werbőczy was given the village as a donation.
  • In 1552, it came under Turkish rule, and during the next century it suffered almost complete destruction.
  • At the beginning of 18th century, the village's population was growing, and in 1748 became a small town.
  • On 25 January, 1849, Mór Perczel led the Hungarian troops to win near Abony as part of the Hungarian War of Independence.

In literature[edit]

On 12 June 1847 Sándor Petőfi spent a night in the village pub on his way from Nagyszalonta (where he visited János Arany) to Budapest. It is mentioned it in his Journey letters.

Lajos Abonyi, a writer who lived in Abony, recorded a famous folk-song "In Nagyabony there are only two towers" from Zoltán Kodály's Braggadocio. In the song Nagyabony means this village. There is another Nagyabony in Slovakia, called in Slovak Veľké Blahovo. The song's tune is from Slovakia.

Economy[edit]

The local economy is mainly based on agriculture: most people are crop farmers, but some grow grapes and fruit.

Landmarks[edit]

Mansion in Abony

Famous people[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Abony is twinned with:

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