Kompolt

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Kompolt
Official seal of Kompolt
Seal
Kompolt is located in Hungary
Kompolt
Kompolt
Location of Kompolt in Hungary
Coordinates: 47°44′28″N 20°15′11″E / 47.741°N 20.253°E / 47.741; 20.253Coordinates: 47°44′28″N 20°15′11″E / 47.741°N 20.253°E / 47.741; 20.253
Country Hungary
Region Northern Hungary
Subregion Füzesabony
County Heves County
Government
 • Mayor Zoltán BÁLÁZS
Area
 • Total 22.72 km2 (8.77 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2008)
 • Total 2,249
 • Density 98.98/km2 (256.4/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 3356
Area code(s) 36
Website www.kompult.hu

Kompolt is a village in Heves county, Hungary, lying 17 kilometres (11 mi) west of Füzesabony, on the River Gyöngyös.

History[edit]

Kompolt was the seat of the Aba clan. At the end of the twelfth century it was recorded as Kompolth. László IV permitted the setting up of a Benedictine monastery in 1280, which was destroyed in 1552.

Population[edit]

Kompolt has a population of nearly 2,250. On several occasions Kompolt lost its population. Kató Hámán a communist workers heroine was born here in 1884.

Communications[edit]

Kompolt is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) both from Road 3 and the Budapest-Miskolc railway line. It also has a railway station on the Kál-Bátonyterenye branch line. The M3 motorway, built in 1998, bypasses the settlement at a distance of 5 kilometres (3 mi) and has reduced traffic congestion.

Economy[edit]

The main activity was farming, especially production of folder crops and latterly tobacco. The Plant Improvement Institute, founded in 1918 by Rudolf Fleischmann and named after him is renowned throughout Europe. The Institute is still involved with plant breeding such as alfalfa, hemp and cereals).

Landmarks[edit]

Among the sightseeing spots, the former Grassalkovich Castle, built in 1750 in Baroque style, is worth looking at. A granary was additionally built beside the castle in 1770. Its basement has quarters which were built in the Middle Ages and are covered with staved brick arches presumably built by the Benedictines. The Neo-Romantic Catholic church with one tower was built in 1858. Both buildings are monuments. There is little tourism.