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Somogygeszti is located in Hungary
Location of Somogygeszti
Coordinates: 46°31′19″N 17°46′51″E / 46.52205°N 17.78096°E / 46.52205; 17.78096Coordinates: 46°31′19″N 17°46′51″E / 46.52205°N 17.78096°E / 46.52205; 17.78096
Country  Hungary
County Somogy
 • Total 21.71 km2 (8.38 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 • Total 569
 • Density 26.2/km2 (68/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 7455
Area code(s) 82

Somogygeszti is a village in Somogy county, Hungary. Its history dates back to 1302 when at that time the village was called Geszte. History deems that the name of the settlement was derived from the Hungarian word "Gesztenye" which means chestnut, thanks to the large number of chestnut trees in the area.

Aerial photography of Somogygeszti

The surrounding countryside of Somogygeszti is used predominantly for agriculture. A central landmark in the village is the former Jankovich-Bésan mansion built c. 1725. Following extensive restoration, the mansion was renamed Gesztenye Kastélyhotel (Chestnut Castle Hotel) and became a fully functioning hotel in May 2002. The garden and the building itself have been declared nature conservation area and they are part of the National Heritage Trust.

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