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Nov 13, 2018
The History of Great Rye Island - Kukkónia (old Hungarian name for Great Rye Island - at present Csall óköz in Hungarian, Žitný ostrov in Slovak, Große Schüttinsel in German) From the Conquest Pannonian Basin to the establishment of the Hungarian State The land surrounded by two protective branches of the Danube with its marshes, waters rich in fish and rank pastures provided shelter even for the people of the Bronze Age. Based on archaeological records, there were different nations inhabiting the largest river island of Europe until around the end of the 9th century, when Hungarian tribes...
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Nov 12, 2018
Geologists say that the island was created during the Miocene period of the Aquitaine era. The plains and the marshes of the region were covered by a huge water surface, called the Pannonian Sea, from which only the granite massifs of the Carpathians, here and there an island or group of islands emerged. The Danube was shorter in those times, flowing into the Pannonian Sea around the present location of Bratislava or Vienna. The brooks and rivers carried large amounts of mud, pebbles and other sediment, while slowing down gradually at the mouth, and the alluvia created deltas and islands. It...
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Nov 09, 2018
Did you know that: Kukkónia is 84 kilometres long and 15-30 kilometres wide. Its area of 1,885 km2 makes it the largest river island in Europe. Its altitude ranges between 105-130 meters above sea level, the highest point is a mound with the local Roman Catholic Church and cemetery in Malé Dvorníky. It is the driest and warmest part of Slovakia with 2,000-2,500 sunshine hours a year. The weather is rarely calm, most of the year there is a West to North-West wind. Despite the dry and warm climate it has the largest reservoir of drinking water in Central Europe with about 10 billion m3 of...
History
Nov 08, 2018
Watermills have been enriching the scenery of riverside towns and villages in Europe for centuries. These mills originated in Roman times and have been present in our country since the 12th century. On the territory of the current Slovak Republic one can find a significant number of them on the banks of the Danube and Váh rivers. In the 2nd half of the 19th century over one hundred water mills were still operating in 21 settlements (e.g. 15 in Vojka nad Dunajom (Hun: Vajka), 14 in Bodíky (Hun: Bodak), 13 in Šamorín (Hun: Somorja), and moreover there had also been watermills in settlements...
History
Nov 07, 2018
The Churches of Kukkónia Upper Rye Island, standing for the part of Rye Island which formerly belonged to the County of Bratislava, enchants us with its incomparably rich, ancient churches. According to tradition from Vojka nad Dunajom (Hun: Vajka), the establishment of this dense system of churches is attributed to King Saint Stephen who visited the area rather often to help the spread of the Christian faith. The outcome of his effort saw 12 churches erected in honour of the 12 apostles of Jesus. Noone is aware of precisely which were the first evangelised places in Upper Rye Island. It is...
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