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Kővágóörs is the largest settlement in the Káli basin, which extends to Lake Balaton with one part of the settlement called Pálköve. It has 950 inhabitants. The village is built on a rare geological formation, the fossil sand hill of the Pannon-age sea. Stone was quarried throughout centuries here (excellent millstones could be prepared from this kind of stone), first part of the name of the village "stone cutting" ("kővágó") originated from here. At the time of Árpád's conquest of Hungary this area was the territory of accommodation of Örs clan so the second half of the name of the village "örs" originated from here. Destroyed medieval villages belong to the settlement together with their still visible church ruins: Ecser, Sóstókál, Kisörs. The one-time advanced state can be understood from the formation of streets consisting of lines of houses built together which is quite unusual on Balaton highlands. Apart from its Catholic and Lutheran church a synagogue had also been built in the village, till the end of the 19th century the village had a Lutheran secondary school, too. The centre of the village has an atmosphere of an old town. The church nowadays used by Lutheran people was built in 1264 and was renovated in baroque style in the 18th century. The baroque Catholic church built in the neighbourhood of the Lutheran one was consecrated in 1802. Church ruins of the village of Ecser (13th century) destroyed by the Turks along the road leading to Pálköve. Houses of former villeins' village are hidden under the hills of the strictly protected area surrounding the ruins; after uncovering this will be the first Hungarian village of Árpád-age in the Balaton area. In a mansion pertaining to the lower gentry in Petőfi street, renovated mostly with the work of inhabitants performed without any remuneration, an exhibition called "Lower gentry in Kővágóörs" can be visited. Next to the beach of Pálköve, in the former summer cottage of Endre Bajcsy-Zsilinszky, martyr of antifascist resistance, exhibition for the memories of the politician. Great events of summer in Kővágóörs are the Káli Days on 21-31 July and the Feast of the Assumption on August 15th. The Musical Days are held on the week of the feast. The Village Day is held on the second Saturday of August. Pálköve is connected with the Káli basin by a touristic route of yellow sign in the woods. Red route sign from the centre of Kővágóörs to the clearing of Fülöp hill from where we can enjoy the nice view of the basalt hills of Tapolca hollow and the Lake.

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