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Thursday, 6 August 2020, Nameday: Sławy, Jakuba



Sárospatak is the fourth town with which Krosno signed a partnership agreement. This 15000-population town in the north-east of Hungary in the Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county, is only 180 km away from Krosno, which facilitates cooperation in all areas: culture, economy and tourism.
Thanks to the specific climate and rich cultural heritage of Sárospatak it is often called a pearl of Hungarian towns with its historical architecture and scenic location at the foot of the Zemplén Mountains, in the valley of the Bodrog river (a tributary of Tisza), which add the town a unique splendour.

Sárospatak was granted the town chart in 1201 during the reign of Emeric, Hungarian King . The history of cooperation of Krosno and Sárospatak dates back to the Middle Ages. Both towns were situated along a trade route which led from Tokaj and Sárospatak through Sátoralújhely, Košice (Kassa), Prešov, the Dukielska Pass to Krosno, where Robert Portius, a Krosno burgher of Scottish origin, distributed Hungarian wine in the Republic of Poland at large.

The town of Sárospatak is associated with important events in the history of Hungary. Here, in the local castle St. Elisabeth of the Arpad dynasty, the patron of Hungary, was born.
Many historical buildings and tourist attractions show the rich history of the town. The most important of them include:

  • The Rákóczi family castle erected in the 13th century; first, in the 13th and 14th centuries, the castle was the seat of the Zemplén county bearing the name of "Patak" (in Hungarian the name Sárospatak means: Muddy Creek).
  • Calvinistic College founded in the 16th century. In the years 1708-1939 the Bible of Queen Sophie, the first attempt of translating Holy Scripture into Polish, was kept in the college library.
  • Hot springs with temperature reaching 38 degrees Celsius. The water is rich in various minerals recommended for women’s diseases and rheumatism

Contemporary history of Krosno and Sárospatak cooperation:

May, 2003. Days of Hungarian Culture in Krosno.
24th January, 2004. Signing a declaration on cooperation of the towns and regions; it was signed by Richard Hörcsik, a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Hungary, Mayor of Sárospatak, Peter Szamosvolgyi, Mayor of Sátoralújhely and Piotr Przytocki, Mayor of Krosno.
2004. cooperation is established between PWSZ (Higher Vocational School) in Krosno and the Commenius Higher School in Sárospatak.
since 2004. first Carpathian Climates (Karpackie Klimaty), an event attended by a delegation from Sárospatak.
4th February, 2006. Portius Express International Conference - a declaration was signed, aiming at restoring the Zemplen – Galizian railway line.
26th August, 2006 signing an agreement on partner cooperation between Krosno and Sátoralujhely.
18th December, 2006.

Opening of the Portius’ Cellar in Sárospatak

  • establishing cooperation between Polish and Hungarian police
  • talks on the towns’ partnership (twinning) were started
  • Mass said in Polish in the tourist season
5th March, 2007. Letter of Intent of the Mayor of the Town of Krosno addressed to the Mayor and the Council of the Town of Sárospatak, inviting to sign a partnership agreement between Krosno and Sáropatak.
20th March, 2007. Letter of Intent of the Mayor of the Town of Sárospatak addressed to the Mayor and the Council of the Town of Krosno, inviting to sign a partnership agreement.
26th – 27th May, 2007. official celebrations of the 800th birthday of St. Elisabeth in Sárospatak.
14th July, 2007. Krosno Days in Sárospatak – the first official ride on the Portius Express train from Krosno to Sárospatak.
25 August, 2007. Signing the partnership agreement between Krosno and Sárospatak.