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Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Érd is a city with county rights in Pest county, Central Hungary, in the Budapest agglomeration.

Country: Hungary
County: Pest
Area: 60.54 km²
Population (2005): 60,546
Postal code: 2030
Area code: 23
Coordinates: 47.37837° 18.92200°

The area has been inhabited since ancient times.
Archaeological findings indicate that prehistoric men lived here 50.000 years ago.

Érd itself was first mentioned in documents in 1243.
The name comes either from the word erdő ("forest") or from ér ("stream").

During the Ottoman occupation of Hungary Érd was captured by the Turks in 1543, after the castle of Székesfehérvár fell.
The Turks built a motte castle and a djami (mosque) here.
In these times the place was called Hamzsabég.
In 1684 the army led by Charles of Lorraine defeated the Turks near Érd.

In 1776 Érd became an oppidum (town).
It is possible that it already had been oppidum before the Ottoman occupation.
In the early 20th century Érd became the property of the Károlyi family.
The town grew, but remained mainly an
agricultural town until 1972, when several new facilities were built and the touristic value of Érd grew.

Érd was the fastest-growing locality in Hungary between the 1991 and 2001 censuses (up 30.6%).
On November 7, 2005 the Parliament decided that Érd will be granted the rank of city with county rights from the date of the next council election in autumn 2006.

Contemporary Érd is known for being one of the most affluent communities in Hungary, with some of the country's wealthiest citizens residing there.

Tourist sights
  • Castle ruins (Kutyavár)
  • Saint Michael Church
  • Turkish minaret (17th century; one of only three existing minarets of the country)
  • Geographical museum, founded by geographer Dénes Balázs
  • Remains of ancient Roman road
  • Fundolika Valley with rare plant species

Érd is twinned with:
Reghin, Romania
Poynton, United Kingdom
Lubaczow, Poland

External links
Official site (Hungarian only)

For a more information about Érd see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Érd) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, March 2007.
All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License (see Copyrights for details).
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