"Tarnamera, a little village with lots to do" Tarnamera by budapest8

Tarnamera Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 20 photos

Camping in Tarnamera

Under construction
this is a small village with just under 2,000 inhabitants
situated on the left bank of the River Tarna 13 km to the west of Heves.
There is a small stone bridge with a small statue on it
before you enter the village.
There is the Roman Catholic church built in 1776 in the village center
situated on a man made neolithic like mound.
Inside the church you can see the coffin-shaped
main altar. Outside the cemetry with
monuments to fallen soldiers in previous wars
and just walking around the outside of the church
amongst the gravestones which some lie derelict
and broken with age and wear. There are also 2
statues representing Saint Joseph and
Saint John of Nepomuk.

Some history of Tarnaméra and the Almásy Castle

The first written traces of the village are
from a warrant from 1365 in the name MYRA.
In 1389 it is reffered to as MÉRA. The Santa family
is named as it's owner in 1402 until 1469.
The inhabited part of the village was called EGYHÁZMÉRA
and the unoccupied and bare part called VAKMÉRA in this
period(Csánki 77.)
Then after the Santa family died off in 1472, King Mattias
gave the lands to the BESSENYEI family.
It appears under the names MEZÓMERA and
FELSŐMÉRA in 1479, VAKMÉRA is still uninhabited
and a wastleland.
Then in 1487 J.Bessenyei gave the village to the
Ecclesia of Eger and VAKMÉRA to the lower
noblemen in exchange.The village name was changed
to SZENTMÁRTONMÉRA after the patron saint of the
In 1550 it is called MIRE (MÉRE) under the Turkish
occupation. There were 26 tax paying men living in 13
houses with their families.The village had a single wheel
water mill.
The village was liberated in October 1685.
Because of high taxes the village depopulated within a
few years and was uninhabitated until 1696.
It was pawned off to 2 families then in
1701 János Almásy and his wife Judit Deák
from the neighbouring town of Győngyős
purchased the estate.
The inhabitants again perished during the
Rákóczi War of Independence between 1705-
1706 and remain so until 1711.
Then slowly the village became populated by
serf families from the Almásy household.
Then more families came through marriage
to the Almásy family and the Halasy family
bought a few small plots of land.
In 1771 it bacame a classIII village
with 65,000 m² (30 small holdings)
of ploughed land and 26,000 m² of
meadow (12 small holdings) was given to each plot.
In 1828 the population was 876 living in 123 houses.
2 years later the number of houses more than tripled
to 427 with 393 made of clay and straw mortar.
Swelling the population to 2231 people

In 1998 the population was 1811 with
886 houses and 29 holiday homes.

Remember Count Almassy from the 'English Patient'.

Remember Count Almassy from the film the 'English Patient'.
Here you can see one of his houses used as a hunting lodge.
The Hungarians call this a castle (Almássy kastély),
just like they call the Bukk Hills mountains too.
The Baroque castle built by the Almássy family in
1780 houses one of the two police museums of the country.
(Magyar Rendőrmúzeum)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots to do for a 1 street town in the warmer weather
  • Cons:probably a curse to live here in the winter being isolated
  • Last visit to Tarnamera: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated Sep 1, 2007
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    The thermal pool looks so relaxing!

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    I think I would love to visit the small villages of Hungary where tourism doesn't rule.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Interesting reading about Count Almassy--a renaissance man in many ways it seems. Thanks for the introduciton to Tarnamera, Tim.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    Wow, 39°C hot pool! During the heat wave on Hungary, that was the right temperature for a nice refreshing!


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