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Berkenye is a small village about 35 km by train from Budapest.
It has a Railway station, on the Vác Balassagyarmat line, before Rétság.
The local wooden Catholic church was built before the 17th Century.

The village including the wooden church was razed by the invading Turks and the population either died fighting the invaders or left to find safety elsewhere.

The Bishop of Vác resettled Berkenye with German settlers in 1717.
Berkina is the German name for the village and most of the population still German speaking.

The present church was built in 1777, on the Bishop of Vác, Migazzi Kristóf orders, his crest still showing on the edifice and the church is listed as a protected monument.

The settlement with a population of under 2000, has a number of pensions, including one upstairs the town.

Hui Chin and I visited Berkenye on our way to Felsõpetény, where my greatly admired and revered His Excellency, József Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary was interned under the communist regime until the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

We took the train from Budapest to Vác, where we had to wait and change to another train to Rétság we stopped off at Berkenye for a short visit, before we continued onto Rétság, Bánk and Felsõpetény, our destination.

Unfortunately I do not have many of my photos left, although we had four cameras between us and we taken many, many photos wherever we went, two of my cameras, with large, 512 MB SD Cards and many thousands of photos on them with my valet and money, were stolen from my bag, later into our trip, by some 'lowlife'.

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