Kisnána

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Kisnána
View from the castle tower in Kisnána
View from the castle tower in Kisnána
Coat of arms of Kisnána
Coat of arms
Kisnána is located in Hungary
Kisnána
Kisnána
Location of Kisnána in Hungary
Coordinates: 47°51′07″N 20°08′46″E / 47.852°N 20.146°E / 47.852; 20.146
Country Hungary
Region Northern Hungary
County Heves
Subregion Gyöngyösi
Rank Village
KSH code 12502[1]
Area[1]
 • Total 22.58 km2 (8.72 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2008)[1]
 • Total 1,049
 • Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 3264
Area code +36 37
Website www.kisnana.hu

Kisnána is a village in Heves county, Hungary, located 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Gyöngyös to the northeast. There is a castle in the village that was built in the 11th or 12th century.

Sightseeing for visitors[edit]

The village has an interesting assembly of buildings worth visiting. There is the old castle and the old Árpád age church inside the castle.

Castle[edit]

Aerial view: Kisnána, castle

In the Árpád age the region was in the possession of the Aba Genus, who was related to the king of Hungary. The leader of the Genus, Aba Sámuel married the sister of king Saint Stephen. In 1044 Aba Sámuel became King of Hungary. Later descendents of the Genus were smaller families and one of them, the Kompolti family became the landowner of Kisnána. Kompolti János built the first part of the castle, as mentioned in the charters from 1445 about the „castrum” (fortress). In 1521 the landowner of the castle was István Losonczy who defended Temesvár against the Türks. The last owner was László Móré, who alternately supported the two kings of the early Turkish times: János Szapolyai or Habsburg Ferdinánd. But the Turks defeated him and László Móré died in the prison of Seven Towers in Istanbul, capital of the Osman Turk Empire.

Church[edit]

The ruins of the tower of the gothic church of Kisnána castle.

In the old castle of the Kompolti family there is another, even older architectural heritage building from the early Árpád ages. It is a gothic church, originally built in the romanesque style. The excavations of the ruins of this church revealed the foundations of an ancient rotunda. Originally this rotunda had been built first on the hill and later it was gradually extended. When the Kompolti family surrounded it by walls, they developed it as the castle-church and rebuilt it finally in the gothic style in the 14th century.

Sources[edit]

  • Gerő, L. (1984): Magyar műemléki ABC. (Hungarian Architectural Heritage ABC.) Budapest
  • Gervers-Molnár, V. (1972): A középkori Magyarország rotundái. (Rotunda in the Medieval Hungary). Akadémiai, Budapest
  • Henszlmann, I. (1876): Magyarország ó-keresztyén, román és átmeneti stylü mű-emlékeinek rövid ismertetése, (Old-Christian, Romanesque and Transitional Style Architecture in Hungary). Királyi Magyar Egyetemi Nyomda, Budapest

References[edit]

Coordinates: 47°51′N 20°09′E / 47.850°N 20.150°E / 47.850; 20.150