Aggtelek

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Aggtelek
Aggtelek is located in Hungary
Aggtelek
Aggtelek
Location of Aggtelek
Coordinates: 48°28′00″N 20°30′06″E / 48.46666°N 20.50165°E / 48.46666; 20.50165Coordinates: 48°28′00″N 20°30′06″E / 48.46666°N 20.50165°E / 48.46666; 20.50165
Country  Hungary
County Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén
Area
 • Total 43.81 km2 (16.92 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 628
 • Density 14.33/km2 (37.1/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 3759
Area code(s) 48

Aggtelek (meaning "Old plot" in Hungarian) is a village in the county of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Hungary. It is known for the vast stalactite caverns of the nearby Baradla-Domica cave system, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aggtelek and Slovak Karst.

The village of Aggtelek.

Location[edit]

50 km (31 mi) northwest from county seat Miskolc, near the Slovakian border.

History[edit]

Aggtelek is first known to be identified in 1295, when it was called Ogogteluk. Following the Mongol invasion of Hungary during the 13th century, it remained deserted for many years.

In 1858, a fire destroyed the village. During World War II, the Eastern Front passed close by, causing further damage.

Stalagmite in Baradla cave, Jósvafő.

Aggtelek National Park[edit]

The Long Tour of Baradle Cave is a 7-kilometer walking tour along the main section of the stalactite cave, shorter tours are available for unscheduled tourist visits in various parts of the cave system. The entire cave is nearly 24 kilometers long, of which 5.6 kilometer goes under Slovakia. The average height of the cave is 8 meters and 10 meters wide. The room called Giants' Hall is 125 meters long, 55 meters wide and 30 meters high making the cave one of the most spectacular tourist attraction in the world - even though one of the least known and least visited.

Picture gallery[edit]

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWood, James, ed. (1907). "article name needed". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne. 

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