Coat of arms of Hungary

The current coat of arms of Hungary was reinstated on 3 July 1990, after the end of communist rule. The arms have been used before, both with and without the Holy Crown of Hungary, sometimes as part of a larger, more complex coat of arms, and its elements date back to the Middle Ages.

Coat of arms of Hungary
Magyarország címere
The coat of arms may also be used in other historical forms.[1]
Adopted3 July 1990[2]
CrestHoly Crown of Hungary
BlazonBarry of eight Gules and Argent, impaling Gules, on a trimount Vert a ducal coronet Or issuing therefrom a Patriarchal cross Argent
Coat of Arms at Liberty Bridge in Budapest

The shield is split into two parts:

  • The Dexter (right side from the bearer's point) features the so-called Árpád stripes, four Gules (red) and four Argent (silver) stripes. Traditionally, the silver stripes represent four rivers: Duna (Danube), Tisza, Dráva, and Száva.[3]
  • The Sinister (left side from the bearer's point) consists of an Argent (silver) double cross on Gules (red) base, situated inside a small Or (golden) crown, the crown is placed on the middle heap of three Vert (green) hills, representing the mountain ranges (trimount) Tátra, Mátra, and Fátra (made up of the Greater Fatra and Lesser Fatra ranges).

Atop the shield rests the Holy Crown of St. Stephen (Stephen I of Hungary, István király), a crown that remains in the Parliament building (Országház) in Budapest today.