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Hollókő

Culturalmente Imparando

Hollókő is an incredibly fascinating ethnographic village located in the northern part of Hungary, recognized as a UNESCO heritage site in 1987.

Its name (which literally means "crow stone") allows the imagination to create a specific image of this timeless place. Hollókő, in fact, is a village that has remained unchanged in the architectural form of its houses and in the lifestyle of its inhabitants.

In Hungary, it is not difficult to come across constructions typical of the socialist period: identical and monotonous constructions, far from any type of aesthetic research. In Hollókő, on the other hand, time seems to have stopped at the end of the nineteenth century, with annexed buildings of medieval mold, well preserved and extremely fascinating. The village therefore celebrates the simplicity, humility and importance of remembering the origins.

The small white houses, surrounded by parts of dark wood, refer to the classic prerogatives of the Palóc, an ethnic group originating from northern Hungary.

Only two roads cross the village, leading to the famous wooden church, the symbol of Hollókő together with the wonderful 13th century castle.

According to official historiography, the castle was built after the Mongol invasion in an attempt to protect itself from future attacks. But in places like these, the legend often surpasses history: the legend according to which the castle was built following the kidnapping of a girl by a powerful and cruel lord, who locked her in her castle, is famous. The stepmother of the young, fearful witch ready to do anything to recover her goddaughter, managed, through a pact with the devil, to destroy the lord's castle: the devil's aides, transformed into crows for the occasion, under the guidance of the witch they stole the stones of the kidnapper's castle, taking them to the top of the hill and building a new fortress (Hollókő Castle) in which to protect the girl. Hence the name of the city: stone of the crow.

A timeless village, where the legends and customs of the origins still live. A cultural heritage that shows how particular, fascinating and rich our planet can be.


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    Pablo Scialino

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