Méhkerék

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Méhkerék
Micherechi
Village
Country  Hungary
County Békés
Area
 • Total 25.86 km2 (9.98 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total 2,323
 • Density 90/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 5726
Area code(s) 66
Location of Békés County in Hungary

Méhkerék (Hungarian: Méhkerék, Romanian: Micherechi), is a village in Békés County, in the Southern Great Plain region of south-east Hungary.

History[edit]

The village was first mentioned in written sources in 1359. The origin of the village's name may be drawn from the original occupation of its inhabitants (méh means "bee" in Hungarian). The population fled the area after the Ottoman conquest. Romanians settled in the area during the 18th century, with the first Romanian Orthodox church being built in 1770. The first primary school was opened in 1815.

Geography[edit]

Méhkerék covers an area of 25.86 km² and has a population of 2323 people (2002). Most of the residents, being Romanians, speak Romanian as their mother tongue.

Coordinates: 46°47′N 21°27′E / 46.783°N 21.450°E / 46.783; 21.450