Zăbala

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History

Name

The name of "Zabola" means "bridle", i.e. the straps of leather that are put around the head of a horse to allow the rider to control it.

In the course of various battles with the Tatars, the villages north and south of Zabola were destroyed by the Tatars. However, the inhabitants of Zabola were capable of holding the Tatars in check and survived, as if they had put bridles around the Tatars horses in order to control them and their riders.Outside the village lies the "Tatárhalom" (Tatar Hill); some historians think the Tatars that were killed in action were buried there.

Famous people

  • Count Imre Mikó, minister and reformer
  • Kelemen Mikes, born in Zabola in 1690 he became freedom fighter against Habsburg, escaped to Poland, France and at least Turkey. He is referred to as the "Hungarian Goethe" who became famous after writing "Letters from Turkey" in Rodosto where he lived in exile with the Transylvanian Prince Rákoczi until 1761. With his letters from Rodosto, Kelemen Mikes laid the foundations of the Hungarian prosaic literature, and he is regarded as the first Hungarian prosaic author.
  • Count Kelemen Mikes (1800-1829), freedom fighter in 1848/49 , became a Hussar colonel, died at the age of 29, hit by the first cannon ball fired by the Russian army in 1849. He became a martyr to the Székler resistance movement.
  • Mikes Armin (1867 - 1944)

Things to see

  • Mikes Castle and park, dates back to around 1500. It was once a fortified building with a tower in front. On the first floor all the ceilings were covered (currently painted over) with Frescoes partly dating back to 1580 -1600. The current shape dates back to 1867. 34 ha English park.
  • Csángo museum

External links

Covasna County

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