Raven of Holloko, Hungary

Sighted this huge raven as the road forked in to two, on our way to Holloko. It is a picture perfect village, in the lap of Cserhat Mountains north-east of Budapest, Hungary. (Date was : 9/5/2011)

The Raven is a significant character in the legend that surrounds this village of Holloko. My daughters who are never tired of hearing stories, begged to hear this legend just once more. And I related the story of how the lord of a castle there abducted a pretty maiden. The maiden’s nurse, a witch, schemed with a devil to rescue the damsel. The kind and helpful devil organized his minions. They disguised as ravens. One by one the ravens took the stones of the lord’s castle away, in the process the castle of Holloko was built on the top of a huge rock. Raven, the rescuer, surely deserves to be photographed, my daughters decided.

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30 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    That is indeed a HUGE Raven!! For just a moment I thought I was seeing things!! Great capture and story! Thanks as always for sharing, Indrani!!


  2. Haddock says:

    That is one story that I have never heard of before.

  3. Jo says:

    What an interesting story. Raven the Rescuer does deserve to be photographed. Have a great day. Jo

  4. Shaivi says:

    wow! didn't know the legend…

  5. Soham Roy says:

    Firstly , for a moment I thought that was a stone sculpture…Secondly , if that was a stone sculpture , it would have been one of the cleanest statues to have existed. Here in India , such statues are merely a Fancy Potty for birds..They sit tight on the stones and keep shitting. And the Government just doesn't care.

  6. Wonder where you heard the story. Good one!

  7. I have observed that ravens in the US too look big. Well they must have been exported from Europe I suppose.

  8. Bibi says:

    Goodness! Hungary is 'right next door' to me. Must go see this raven…

  9. Pallavi says:

    Aww.. that was a cute story and your daughters were right, the Raven did deserve to get photographed! Nicely done.

  10. Lovely Skywatch Pic! πŸ˜€ That legend is quite intriguing too πŸ˜€

  11. Jim says:

    Good capture.

  12. ladyfi says:

    That raven is kind of scary! Nice shot.

  13. eileeninmd says:

    Wonderful story and I love the Raven. Great photo, Indrani!

    Happy New Year to you!

  14. Thanks for including the legend which makes this photo all the more special!

  15. TexWisGirl says:

    a very neat marker!

  16. Laura says:

    Sometimes when we hike we see ravens soaring at tremendous heights..they are beautiful to watch in flight. Lovely photo Indrani. Wishing you a very happy New Year:-)

  17. Cathy says:

    Very interesting story!

  18. Carver says:

    Fantastic shot of the raven.

  19. Kids love stories & so do we πŸ™‚

  20. A fabulous fable!

    Check Β«Louis'Β» blog on Monday for some roadside sculpture…

  21. Intersting info. Never thought of Raven statue πŸ™‚ TFS

  22. Super capture and loved the story…

    A helpful raven instead of a mischievous one..

  23. It's really huge ! Nice capture and I enjoy the story too πŸ™‚

  24. Nice to see a monument for the black bird.

  25. Nevin says:

    Quite interesting!

  26. Enjoyed the story around this black beauty πŸ™‚

  27. wow. enlightened to learn a new information..

  28. Your blog never ceases to amaze me, its always something new and beautiful.

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