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Porva in the valley
Porva in the valley
Porva is located in Hungary
Location of Porva
Coordinates: 47°18′41″N 17°48′53″E / 47.311304°N 17.814589°E / 47.311304; 17.814589
Country  Hungary
County Veszprém
 • Total 28.13 km2 (10.86 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 • Total 478
 • Density 16.99/km2 (44.0/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8429
Area code(s) 88



Porva is a village in Veszprém county, Hungary in Zirc District. Located in the High Bakony Mountains, 6 km (3.75 mi) from the city of Zirc and it is around 400 m (1313 ft) above sea level. From the village and the surrounding country side the twin caps of the Koris-hill (709 m or 2326 ft) and the Kék-hill (661 m or 2168 ft) creates a beautiful panoramic view.

By car 5 minutes from Zirc with its historical abbey, about 30 minutes from the beautiful city of Veszprém]], 40 minutes from lake Lake Balaton, 45 minutes from Győr, the city of three streams, 1.5 hours from Budapest and Bratislava and 2 hours from Vienna.


The Church of Porva

Porva has an ancient history and is mentioned among about 40 other villages and cities in the founding document of Hungary. This document can still be seen in the library of the Pannonhalma Archabbey.

Between 1782 and 1784 the current church was erected over the ruins of the palos monastery. The building was built in a gothic baroque style. There is very little left from its rich history. The ruins were buried and the cultural treasures were stolen or moved to other places. The old palos monastery was already deserted during the beginning of the Turkish occupation.

On the ruins stand the numerous time renovated church guarding the past centuries spirit. The descendant of the Szapolyai family Perenszy Pálné born Zápolya Orsolya was buried in 1520 in a red marble mausoleum that is still visible today. The churches main altar was built by Roskovitz Ignác the floor is covered with kelheim stones. The building is in gothic style with baroque sections outside and inside. On the face of the church two marble memorials were erected for the memory of the first and Second World War’s casualties from the village.

On the north wall of the church the original monasteries base walls are still there. The rich history of the town and place names are evident.

The church and the vicarage of Porva used to belong to the Archabbey of Pannonhalma. After World War II however the Russian invaders took possession of the vicarage to establish their regional headquarters. The Facade of the vicarage was destroyed as a Russian repercussion for the Hungarian revolution of 1956


Porva is considered to be in one of the most beautiful spots in the High Bakony Mountains, in North-Western Hungary.

Köris-hill (Hungarian: Köris-hegy), the Bakony hills highest point, forms together with the neighbouring Kék-hill (Hungarian: Kék-hegy) the most beautiful part of the area. It is used as a compass by the travelers of the Bakony hills especially because of the lookout tower on the top of Köris-hegy named after Péter Vajda(1808–1846) a famous naturalist and poet-writer. On a clear day if you climb the mountain you can enjoy the view. First of Porva and its neighbor Borzavár, further away the Vértes hills the shimmering Balaton, the Badacsony hills to the north Pannonhalma on the broad horizon. And with a particular clear sky even the white tops of the Alps in Austria.

From Porva it is a 2 kilometers walk through the surrounding forests to The High Bakony Park on the slopes of the Kék-hill and the Köris-hill and about 5 kilometers to the top of Köris-hegy.

The region is a paradise for outdoor activities like hiking, horse riding, swimming and ballooning.

The Csárda-teto (441 m or 1312 ft) according to local legends is a noteworthy place. This was a meeting place for the local bandits (betyár) Rózsa Sándor, Zsubri, Panduri and Savanyu Jóska. Even today there are traces and stone ruins of the inn (csárda). Because of the prevalent highwayman activities many of the local caves are named after its old occupants. These caves are found along the valley of the Cuha-patak (Cuha-stream): Savanyú Jóska cave, (Kopince-barlang) Betyár-pamlag, Remete-barlang, Zsivány-barlang. The closest famous springs are Bön-kút, Zsellér-ko kút, Csörgo-kút, Néma-kút etc. Of all the numerous springs the most notable water of Porva is the Hódos-ér (Hódos-creek) flowing into the Cuha about 10 km (6.25 mi) from the village.

The valley of the Cuha-patak is a very popular tourist destination with many interesting sights. The valley is famous for the blooming wild-cyclamen flowers. The surrounding forests are full of many different flowers and vegetation. If you hike silently especially in the winter – deer, wild boar, stag deer, fox and sometime a herd of wild sheep (muflon) may cross your path.

From early spring to October the tourist traffic is heavy at the porva-csesznek rail station. Most favor this section of the valley.

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