Rétság is a small town in Nógrád county, Hungary.
Rétság is located 55 km north of Budapest on the E77 European main road, halfway between Vác and Balassagyarmat.
The town is seated at the border of Cserhát and Börzsöny hills.
The settlement was property of the Losonczy family in 1393, its name was Réthy Saag.
The Ottoman conquest started in the middle of the 16th century (when castle Nógrád was captured by the Ottoman army) and lasted till the middle of the 17th century.
During the Ottoman conquest Rétság became near totally desolated.
Big landowners in Rétság were: Mehmed Daud 1562-1563, Ottoman from the line of Hussein pasha 1566-1567, Bosna Hassan 1583-1584, Gábor Lónyai 1656, Paul Sréter and his family 1770, widow count Mrs. Béla Benyovszky, Sándor Rosenbach, Frigyes Herzfeld in 1910.
The St. Andrew Roman Catholic church was built in 1726.
The railway connection and the railway station was built in 1908.
Presidential Council of Hungarian People's Republic pronounced Rétság to be town in 1989.
Pusztaszántó now part of Rétság was first mentioned in 1299 and was an independent village in 1460.
It was desolated during the Ottoman conquest, after it was settled again and the population was larger than in Rétság in the 19th century.
Now it has only few inhabitants, but the industrial park of the town is here.
Szabolcs Fényes(1912 Nagyvárad-1986 Budapest), abroad known as Peter Fényes, Hungarian operetta and musical composer and director of the Budapest Operetta Theatre in the 1940s and the 1950s lived in Rétság between 1927 and 1931 and here composed his first celebrated operetta Maya in 1931, which would be played in twelve European countries later.
Sights in neighbourhood
Area 19,78 km²
Population 3 049
Postal code 2651
Area code 35
For a more information about Rétság see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rétság) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, March 2007.
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This information was correct in March 2007. E. & O.E.
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