Hungarian culture - Hungaricums

Hungaricum is a special term for a product or object that is typically Hungarian and represents the country. Some items that fit this description are food and beverage items, dealt with elsewhere, that we term edible Hungaricums.

The Hungarian-ness of some of Hungaricums comes from the fact that it developed here over centuries, as part of the peoples’ efforts to sustain themselves, like falconry, or the indigenous grey cattle, the playful Vizsla and brave Puli dog breeds and the hairy Mangalica pig, known for its high-quality lard. Others are comparatively recent, having only come entrenched in the last 150 years or so, such as the Pottery of Mezőtúr, the delicate lacework of Halasi or the curlicued folk art of Matyó.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation is responsible for supporting the preservation and maintenance of nearly 1000 sites of cultural and natural heritage, as well as cultural regions, which includes irreplaceable relics, lifestyles and cultural treasures. In the case of Hungary, some 8 are part of UNESCO and another 11 are on the tentative list. The existing sites include Aggtelek Karst Caves, the ancient necropolis of Pécs, the Puszta or great plains, the perfect village of Hollókő, the cultural landscapes of lake Fertő and Tokaj wine region, the ancient abbey at Pannonhalma and the Danube Banks, Buda Castle and Andrassy Avenue in the capital, Budapest.

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