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Central Vynohradiv looking towards Black Mountain
|Founded||1262 as Sevliush|
|• Mayor||Stepan Bochkaj|
|• Total||32.09 km2 (12.39 sq mi)|
|Elevation||134 m (440 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
There are multiple alternative names used for this city due to its location and history: Hungarian: Nagyszőlős, Romanian: Seleuşu Mare, Rusyn: Cивлюш (Syvlyush), Russian: Виноградов (Vinogradov), Yiddish: סעליש (Seylesh, Selish), Slovak: Vinohradov (Veľká Sevljuš during Czechoslovak rule), German: Wynohradiw.
It was first mentioned in 1262 by the name Zceuleus. Its Hungarian name, Nagyszőlős ("Great Vineyard"), stems from the area being an important wine district. The city was called Sevlush (the Rusyn transliteration of the Hungarian word szőlős, meaning vineyard.
The town was one of the oldest in Ugocsa county, and was inhabited by winemakers of the royal court. In 1329, Hungarian King Charles Robert granted privileges to the town, which became the seat of the Comitatus (the city held this rank until the Treaty of Trianon was signed in 1920).
In 1910 it had a population of 7,811 (5,943 or 76% Hungarians, 1,266 or 16% Ruthenians (Rusyns) and 540 or 7% Germans). The religious make-up was 3,311 Greek Catholics (42.5%), 2,237 Jews (28.6%) and 1,124 Calvinists (14.4%).
This city had a Jewish ghetto in 1944. At its height from May to June 1944, most of the Jews of this section of northern Transylvania were deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp to be gassed shortly after arrival. Jews from the area typically spent about two weeks in the ghetto before being deported. Conditions were extremely cramped with many families housed in a single room, a deliberate arrangement meant to cause suffering and disease.
In 1944, Carpathian Ruthenia was occupied by Soviet Union and eventually became part of it in 1946. The city name became Vinogradovo (Russian), Vynohradiv (Ukrainian), or Vynohradovo (Ruthenian). All mean "Grape City."
According to the 2001 census, the population included:
- Ukrainians (82.13%)
- Hungarians (13.54%)
- Russians (3.82%)
- Roma (0.6%)
Those who would self-describe as Rusyns were probably recorded as Ukrainians.
- Ugocsa Castle (ruins; 13th century). It was first mentioned in 1308. In 1315 King Charles Robert attacked and destroyed it. In the 15th century the area was given to monks of the Franciscan order, they built a monastery there, which was inhabited until 1558. There is a small 14th century chapel south of the ruins.
- Perényi Castle. It was built by the Perényi noble family from 1399, later rebuilt in baroque style into a mansion.
- Franciscan church and monastery (built in 1744, rebuilt in 1889).
- Our Lady's Church (13th century, rebuilt in the 15th century in Gothic style, restored in the early 20th century. Its furniture was destroyed after 1945. The Church got it back in 1989.
- Franciscan monastery (founded in the 15th century). In 1556 local Protestants attacked the monastery, killed the monks and threw the body of St. John Capistrano into a well. The Perényi family invited monks of the order to the town again, but the monastery burnt down in 1747. Its current building was erected in 1889.
- Protestant church (Neoclassical, 1828).
- Old county hall (now the building of the Zsigmond Perényi Secondary School) and statue of Perényi (1906).
In alphabetical order:
- Composer Béla Bartók (born 1881) lived in the house opposite the mansion in 1889–92; his mother worked as a teacher. Bartók held his first recital here in the county hall.
- Ethella Chupryk, pianist and Assistant Professor of piano at the Mykola Lysenko National Music Academy
- József Csorba, doctor and physicist, was born here in 1789.
- Gábor Döbrentei, philologist and antiquarian, was born here in 1786.
- Mykhaylo Koman, footballer and coach of Dynamo Kyiv, was raised here.
- János Majos (died 1810), Kuruc captain, was born here.
- Edvin Marton, born Lajos Csűry in 1974, composer and violinist.
- Endre Nagy, writer and stage director, was born here in 1877.
- Eleanor Perenyi, American author, lived here in 1937–40 as the wife of a Hungarian nobleman.
- Imre Révész, painter, was born here in 1859 and is buried in the local cemetery.
- Rusyn: Cивлюш (Syvlyush), Севлюш (Sevlyush) -- before 1946
- Russian: Виноградов, Vinogradov
- Hungarian: Nagyszől(l)ős
- Romanian: Seleuşu Mare
- Slovak: (Veľký) Sevľuš / Vinohradov
- Czech: (Velká) Sevl(j)uš / Vinohradov
- Polish: Winogradów
- Yiddish: סעליש (Seylesh, Selish)
One of the biggest employers in Vynohradiv is the Gentherm.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Vynohradiv is twinned with:
- Nyírbátor in Hungary
- Fehérgyarmat in Hungary
- Dynów in Poland
- Vranov nad Topľou in Slovakia
- Celadas in Spain
- "Чисельність наявного населення України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (PDF) (in Ukrainian). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
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