NAGYHARSANY
The Devilish ploughing

Szársomlyó with an area of limestone (limestone ranges) is barely covered by vegetation, so the locals call this area Ördögszántás (Devilish ploughing). According to legend, a widow lived in Harsany with her daughter Harka (that's how the village Harkány got it’s name). The devil liked Harka and requested to marry her. The widow did not want to give her daughter to the devil and she gave him an impossible task to finish in order to get her permission. He had to plough up the mountain in one night, and finish before the first rooster crows. The devil begun ploughing after the church bell sound in the evening with six pairs of black cats instead of oxens. During the night, when the woman saw that the devil ploughed nearly the whole mountain, out of fear of losing her daughter the widow began to crow herself. This awoke the roosters who started crowing, too. The devil got angry and threw the plough (that’s how the beremend boulders were made - Beremendi Hegy), shook the soil from his boots (that’s how mountain Siklós and Göntér were made), and crawled under the ground. At this exact spot remains to this day the sulfuric water spring, which is named Harkany after a girl Harka. The ploughed mountain still bears the signs of cat nails.

 

Nagyharsány

Nearby the village of Nagyharsány was led one of the most important battles against Turks, which resulted in the Christian victory in 1687. On August 12th, under the leadership of king Charles of Lathering, army of 60,000 soldiers won over the Turkish army of 80,000 soldiers, led by Suleiman. This battle has brought the end of 150-year Turkish rule over Hungary. There is a belief that the village was named after the big noise from the winning, but more likely explanation is that it got it’s name after former linden trees that covered the mountain.