Summary – Drégelypalánk

Drégelypalánk is one of the most strinkingly beautiful and historically interesting village in the centre part of Hont County. The first written document of the place dates back to 1274. It was formed from the merger of two settlements: Drégely and Palánk. The basin of the river Ipoly and the hills of the Börzsöny meet here. 
Its fortress was erected by the members of the Hont-Pázmány dinasty in the XIII. century. The castle is 5 km from the village of Drégelyvár, perching on 444 m high vulcanic top of the Börzsöny. In 1552 György Szondi and his few soldiers defended the Drégely fortification against a Turkish army. 
The medieval village of Drégely is mentioned as a church place, its protecting saint is Saint Elizabeth. During the years of the occupation South-Slavic people came to the settle-ment. In the XVIII century German settlers arrived to Drégely and Palánk. After the first World War the village lost its century-long economic relations. 
Cultural-historical monuments of the village are: the Roman Catholic church from the late Baroque period (1734) with its relics of Saint Elizabeth (Árpádházi Szent Erzsébet); the baroque chapel of St. Vendel (1857); the sarcophagus of Szondi György in the Szondi Park (established by Kő Pál in 1988) and of course the ruins of the castle of Drégely. 
The institutions of the villages are: primary school, cultural centre, library, sport field, gallery.

Károly Csáky

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