Nagygec Ghost Town - Hungary
One of the strangest ghost towns has its own ghost myths and legends and before its destruction, was a place sacred to pagan religions.
Nagygec, on the Hungary-Romania border is a chilling place that has psychologically affected many people who have visited it. The now abandoned village is over 1000 years old and in its heyday was renowned for its local dialect, a mix of Hungarian and Romanian but even more so for the rumour that it had a shaman in order to protect the villagers from the spirit of Hajno, an Austrian general who was so evil, he was retired out of the army and sent to live in Nagygec. Here he was shunned by the villagers who had heard of his reputation. Isolated from the community he took to roaming the countryside with his pack of fierce dogs.
It was also rumoured that his daughter had by some misfortune been born with a dog’s head and was kept hidden in a secret room in his castle. He took great delight in imprisoning people in the same room as her to see how long it would be before they pleaded for release.
It seems bad luck was destined to strike the village further when in 1971 a prolonged period of heavy rain led to what is called ‘The Great Flood’ in the valley where Nagygec is found. An actor and writer visiting the village after the floodwaters had subsided described the scene
People were running around in a headless panic, very much as they might in wartime. Trucks rushed through the street with desperate survivors from nearby villages.
Later he goes on to report that the authorities decided to let the valley flood so that more important settlements nearby could be saved. Many families had lived in their homes for generations stretching back hundreds of years and refused to leave. Eventually the village was evacuated at gunpoint.
The performer revisited after the next flood and climbed the tower of the church t o look down upon the ruined village. He describes the flattened houses covered in thick mud as being like newly filled graves in a cemetery.
Nagygec still exists today and a few people make a temporary living there and live in repaired houses mindful of heavy rain. The authorities have marked out the area for a reservoir and if the rains come as heavy again, the village may remain underwater but for now, Nagygec and its legends live on in the minds of those who have visited it.
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