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Former fishing-village of 420 inhabitants built on hills along the shore and surrounded by hills and forests. Stewards lived in the village in the 13th century, later on it was the domain of local nobles, of Veszprém Episcopate and of Somogyvár Benedictine Abbey. The inhabitants suffered a lot from the Turkish invasion were completed with German colonists in the middle of the 18th century. Szepezd beach was established by Vince Víriusz on his own domain at the centenary who gained distinction at the time of phylloxera epidemic in the protection of vineyards and in domesticating new species. First Statutes of Bathing Association of Víriusz Domain is from 1933. Roman Catholic church (the only votive church of the area) was built in the 13th century in Roman style, upon the pledge of fishermen got into a storm. The small church is erected directly above the shore on a hill, for a long period of time its white tower had showed the way home to fishermen. The Reformed church and the Evangelic one both built at the end of the 18th century in late Baroque style are located opposite to each other in the centre of the village. A former mansion of dr. Gyula Sebestyén professor of ethnography built in Irish style in Szepezdfürdő, today it is a hotel. A huge sand-stone rock scribbled all over with Székely runic writing called Heathen Stone can be seen in the garden of the mansion. Temporary exhibitions in Szepezd Gallery (Árpád street) in summer. The Roman Catholic church is floodlighted. Other new sight is the exhibition hall of local history in the cellar under the pharmacy in Árpád street. Festival for Opening the Summer Season in the middle of June, with the participation of local and regional amateur groups, on the beach. Feast of St. Stephen in August in the spirit of "Farewell to the Summer"; bonfire at boathouse, music the whole night long, all participants are guests of the village for a slice of bread and fat with onions. The traditional vintage procession and merry-making is held in the village in the middle of September. In winter months meetings called Winter Evenings are colourful cultural programmes. Promenade with view at the hill-side above the shore goes to the neighbouring villages of Zánka and Révfülöp. Starting from the railway station (and walking along the green route sign) through the hillside full of vineyards we can get to Old hill (Öreg-hegy); in the meantime Lake Nyálas hidden on the top of the hill. Nice view to the western hollow of Balaton from the top of the hill (Küszöborra).

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