Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hungary - Székesfehérvár (HU-17593)

This nice multiview shows the Székesfehérvár city in Hungary. Don't ask me, how to pronounce it :))) I think Hungarian is one of the most difficult languages, at least among the ones used in Europe. It's an Finno-Ugric language, so it belongs to the same group as Finnish and Estonian, but I can hardly see any similarity (of course, I'm not a linguist and I can't speak any Finno-Ugric language, so I can just compare some words and sometimes the pronouncation). The only languages that are considered to be really close to Hungarian are spoken in the region of Ural mountains in Russia.


Székesfehérvár, colloquial Hungarian: Fehérvár, is a city in central Hungary, located around 65 km (40 mi) southwest of Budapest. It is inhabited by 106,346 people (2001), with 138,995 in the direct vicinity, and is the centre of Fejér county and the regional centre of Central Transdanubia. In the Middle Ages the city was a royal residence and the most important city of Hungary. 37 kings and 39 queens consort were crowned, 15 rulers have been buried here, the diets were held and the crown jewels were kept here.

The city's name means "white castle with the chair/seat", and its translations to other languages (Latin: Alba Regia, Serbian: Столни Београд, Stolni Beograd, Slovak: Stoličný Belehrad, Czech: Stoličný Bělehrad, Croatian: Stolni Biograd, Polish: Białogród Królewski).

The word szék (meaning "seat" as "throne") is related to its important role in the first centuries of the Kingdom of Hungary: székhely means a (royal) residence, center. In accordance of the obligation from the Doctrine of the Holy Crown, the first kings of Hungary were crowned and buried here.

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