Our Satmar is by no means the place where the map hangs. Moreover, we have an interesting history, villages „haunted” by stories and cultural and geographical oddities on which it is worth lingering for at least a few moments.
Through these lines I want to dismantle some ideas well rooted in the spirit of these places. I do not claim that the information contained in the lines below exhausts in any way the knowledge about facts, people and places in Sătmar. But if I managed to make you think even more, to make you look for other information about the curiosities listed below… I think it was worth the effort.
1. In 1657 the fortress and the surroundings of the Sătmar fortress were conquered by the Poles?
It is interesting to note that the concluded peace treaty bears the signature of the then colonel and… future king of Poland, Jan Sobieski. But the Army did not stay long in these lands and was driven out by the Turks. Between 1660-1661 Ottoman troops devastated the whole country.
2. The first cinematographic representation in Satu Mare took place in 1910 at the White House? The building was remodeled in the early 19th century as a hall for balls, meetings and performances.
3. Did the construction of the Church with chains last no less than 9 years (1793-1802)? The building of the place of worship is surrounded by pillars connected with forged chains, hence the name „Church with chains „. Keeps valuable inventory: plates, discs and cups. It is important to remember that the big bell in the tower, which is the oldest bell in Satu Mare, dates from 1633.
4. The area of Satu Mare county is 4,418 kmp which represents 1.9% of the area of the country?
5. In the early 16th century, Berindan had its own coin? And not everything, but a silver coin approved by King Louis II. According to the documents, the inscription on the coin was “Temp. David. De Berend. Mr. Camer. Rivuli Do”. The coin was minted at the Mint in Baia Mare.
6. The life of King Charles Robert of Anjou defeated by Basarab I at Posada in 1330 was saved by Berendi Marton, a faithful servant, the reader of the village of Berindan? As a reward, he received from the king the lands on which he would later establish the village that bears his name.
7. In March 1980, the poet Nichita Stanescu stopped in Satu Mare County, meeting with local poets, but also with students, respectively with lovers of culture and beauty.
The poet was fascinated by the choir from Medieșu Aurit, and on the plaque placed in honor of the poet on the Cultural Center in the locality are inscribed the words spoken by Nichita Stănescu to the choristers: „If your voices had hands, I would kiss them all”. The plaque was unveiled on March 31, 2013, 80 years after the poet’s birth.