The ruins of the Zelemeri Gothic Church (Zeleméri Csonkatorony) are the last remnants of Zelemer, a village first mentioned in the papal tithes of 1332, and destroyed during the Middle Ages.
Standing atop a Kurgan
Photo: Laszlo Fodor
), the church’s 4.5 x 4.8 m steeple may have also served as a watchtower. Built around 1310
, the church was 26 m long, and 6.6 m wide at the nave, having a semi-octagonal shape and north vestry. The village was erased during the Crimean Tartar invasion of 1594, and a few decades afterwards, the whole area became depopulated. The ruins we see today stand as a memorial to Zelemer village.
- Architectural heritage since 1907.
Can be visited at any time of the year
- The Zelemeri Church Ruins can be found 10.5 km south-east of Hajduboszormeny. By car, it takes only a few minutes to approach on Road 35, between Hajduboszormeny and Debrecen. A marked trail leads to the artificial mound, where the church tower’s remains nail our eyes to the horizon.
The largest town in the Hajdusag Region, Hajduboszormeny was populated even in the Stone Age
, as testified by artifacts
from that period exhibited at the local museum
is located on the Hungarian Great Plains (Alföld
), 22 miles from the Romanian border and about 160 miles from Budapest.