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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.