Őriszentpéter

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Őriszentpéter
Location of Őriszentpéter in Hungary
Coordinates: 46°50′20″N16°25′16″E / 46.83889°N 16.42111°E / 46.83889; 16.42111 Coordinates: 46°50′20″N16°25′16″E / 46.83889°N 16.42111°E / 46.83889; 16.42111
Country Hungary
Region Western Transdanubia
County Vas
Area
[1]
  Total 33.56 km2 (12.96 sq mi)
Population
 (2004) [2]
  Total1,283
  Density38/km2 (99/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
9941
Area code +36 94
Website https://oriszentpeter.hu/

Őriszentpéter, (Slovene : Šentpeter) is a town in Vas county, Hungary.

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Geography

The town extends on the hills of the region Őrség, where the river Zala flows through. Zala has its source about 10 kilometres (6 miles) away at Szalafő.

The town has an ancient szer structure. It consists of 9 szer: The central grain is at the river Zala: Városszer and Baksaszer, moreover the Alszer on the northern side. Also important are the Kovácsszer, Siskaszer, Templomszer, Keserűszer and Galambszer districts.

History

The village of Őriszentpéter is first mentioned in chronicles from 1280. The inhabitants of the village were defenders of the border of Hungary on the west frontier. They were free people and served the king of Hungary as soldiers. They built their church in the 12th century. During the Turkish wars the religion changed and the Catholic Church became a Reformed church.

In the 17th century the leading aristocrats of west Hungary, the Batthyány family became the landowner of the region. Őriszentpéter remained a leading village in the vicinity. The building of the railway between Körmend and Muraszombat helped to develop the region.

After the collapse of the Iron Curtain, the greater traffic of tourism began because of the 3 border status between Austria, Slovenia and Hungary. The new railway in 2000 between Zalalövő and Őrihodos also developed the traffic between the three countries.

View of the church from north. Oriszentpeter2v.jpg
View of the church from north.
The doorway of the parochial church. Oriszentpeter3v.jpg
The doorway of the parochial church.

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References

  1. Őriszentpéter at the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (Hungarian).
  2. Őriszentpéter at the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (Hungarian). 2004

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