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Sângeorgiu de Padure (Romania, Mureş)

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[Sângeorgiu de Padure, Mureş, flag] image by István Molnár, 16 June 2006
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Sângeorgiu de Padure / Erdőszentgyörgy, which became a town in 2003, is located on the middle stream of the Târnava Mica / Kis-Küküllő River. The settlement is a most ancient one, traces from the Bronze and the Iron Ages were discovered. Documentary evidence dates from 1333, in the papal registers, under the name of Sancto Georgio. One of the most important monuments in Sângeorgiu de Padure / Erdőszentgyörgy is the Rhédey Palace, built by the Rhédey Laszlo family in a Baroque style (1807-1809). The Gothic Church dating from the XIVth century is also a monument. It was restored in 1935 thanks to Queen Mary of England, great-granddaughter of count Rhedey and grandmother of Queen Elisabeth II of Great Britain. The grave of Claudia Rhedey, grandmother of Queen Mary of England, is placed in the crypt of the Reformed Church.

The village of Bezid / Bözöd was first mentioned in documents in 1566, though the Gothic Church is much older. Bezidul Nou / Bözödújfalu was practically "swallowed" when a water storage dam was built to prevent the frequent floods in the area [Ceausescu's village destroying]. The unflooded houses, though fallen into disrepair, are still inhabited. Chalets have been built by the lakeside, as people are attracted by the opportunities of recreation offered to them: bathing, fishing, sailing etc. Sângeorgiu de Padure / Erdőszentgyörgy is the birthplace of Bodor Péter (1788-1849), the builder of the "singing well", a pride of Târgu Mures / Marosvásárhely in olden times. Erdőszentgyörgy is a Székely-Hungarian and Romania inhabited town. The town has 5492 inh., 4149 Hungarian, 1096 Romanian, 244 Gipsy by ethnicity, 3005 Calvinist, 1077 Greek Orthodox, 568 Unitarian, 470 Roman Catholic by religion.

The flag with the adopted coat of arms of Sângeorgiu de Pădure / Erdőszentgyörgy, Mureş / Maros county, Transylvania (RO)

Coat of Arms

[Sângeorgiu de Padure, Mureş, arms]

The coat of arms of of Erdőszentgyörgy "romanised" (recoloured to BYR) by the Romanian Heraldic Committee

István Molnár, 16 June 2006