Magna Hungaria

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Magna Hungaria (Latin: Magna Hungaria, Hungaria maior, Hungarian: Nagy-Magyarország, Polish: Wielkie Węgry), literally "Great Hungary" or "Ancient Hungary", refers to the ancestral home of the Hungarians.

The migration of ancient Hungarians from Magna Hungaria to central Europe
Magna Hungaria depicted on the Johannes Schöner's terrestrial globe (1523/24)

Magna Hungaria was mentioned by the thirteenth-century Franciscan Giovanni da Plano Carpini in his reports of his travels in northern and central Asia. Friar Julian also visited Magna Hungaria in the interest of finding the Eastern Hungarians.

According to the most common version, Magna Hungaria was in the forest-steppe regions of Bashkortostan, in the area of the Kushnarenkovo and Karayakupovo cultures, in the region of the Southern Urals.


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