TRAVEL INFO ABOUT MEZŐKÖVESD, HUNGARY - OHB
Tourist information, pictures, and hotels for Mezőkövesd, Hungary
The name matyó appeared for the first time at the beginning of the XIX century. The matyós are the habitants of Mezőkövesd, Tard and Szentistván. In 1464 the town got a seal and privileges from King Matthias. This way his popularity grew and that's why the name of the Matyó people, who inhabited the town and the area, is likely to have come from the king's name.
Nowadays they don't wear their traditional folk dresses, only in the communities that still keep the traditions. The matyó soul and the traditions reborn in the performances of the folk dance group called Matyó Néptáncegyüttes. The matyó embroidery is also very famous, the most characteristic element is the matyó rose, it has various forms. The house of Bori Kisjankó, the most famous designer of folk these special elements, is one of the most important tourist attractions of the town and is located in Hadas the part of the town that best conservs the typical matyó houses. This neighbourhood keeps, cultivates and presents the old construction of the town and houses converted into monuments and craftsmen working inside of them. On the narrow and sinuous streets we can see how the matyó embroidery, furniture, pottery, dolls and other objects are made. Walking on we will get to the Museum of Agricultural Machinery., one of the richest machinery museums in Europe.
The Matyó Museum situated in the heart of the town center and this half century old museum presents the Matyó life, holidays and weekdays, the development of embroidery in a permanent exhibition. Mezőkövesd results interesting and attractive for tourists not only because of its folk art. The Zsóry Spa is one of the best known thermal baths of Hungary. The thermal bath received its name after Lajos Zsóry, the estate started looking for oil on his fields in 1939 but what they found were thermal springs. The curing powers of the waters were discovered in 1968. Lajos Zsóry opened the first 35x18 meters pool in july of 1940. The waters are important natural treasures not only of Hungary but of whole Europe because of its healing powers. The 72 degrees hot waters have the highest content of sulphur in Hungary and they cura reumatism, arthritis, gynaecological diseases and are good for aftercares of orthopaedic operations.
Range over the town and its surroundings and experience the healing powers of North Hungary's the biggest spa accompanied by the hospitality of the matyós!
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