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For the science fiction series by Elizabeth Moon, see Vatta's War.
Aerial photography of the Odescalch Castle
Aerial photography of the Odescalch Castle
Coat of arms of Vatta
Coat of arms
Vatta is located in Hungary
Location of Vatta in Hungary
Coordinates: 47°55′19″N 20°44′17″E / 47.922°N 20.738°E / 47.922; 20.738
Country Hungary
Region Northern Hungary
County Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén
Subregion Mezőkövesd
Rank Village
KSH code 30076[1]
 • Total 23.34 km2 (9.01 sq mi)
Population (2009)[3]
 • Total 919
 • Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 3431
Area code +36 49

Vatta is a village in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, Hungary. It lies in the south of the county, 30 km (20 mi) from Miskolc and 19 km (12 mi) from Mezőkövesd.


According to local tradition, the name of Vatta from the name of an 11th-century pagan tribal chief called "Vata".


The first known record of the village is in a charter of 1323. In the following centuries it was known as Vatha, Woytha, Watha, and Bata. From 1475 the settlement was recorded as Alsóvatta ("Lower Vatta") and Felsővatta ("Upper Vatta"), which indicates that there were two distinct and separate settlements. These combined later.

During the Ottoman rule of the 16th Century, the village was razed and the inhabitants had to flee several times.

In 1895 Vatta became a town, and from 1950 an independent village. After Communist rule, in 1990 the village got its own parish council.


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