Traces of Prewar Uzhhorod

I recently visited Uzhhorod to see the blooming sakuras. Along with the beautiful sakuras I came across quite a few remnants of Uzhhorod's prewar past. I have two previous posts (ghost signs and more) about Uzhhorod, so to repeat what I wrote before, Uzhhorod (Ungvár / Užhorod / Ungwar), a city in Transcarpathia (Zakarpattia Oblast of Ukraine), which is near the borders of Slovakia and Hungary, has a multicultural history. For a long time the region around Uzhhorod was part of the Kingdom of Hungary, later the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After WWI, it was annexed to Czechoslovakia. In 1938, Uzhhorod was transferred to Hungary, and in 1945 it was annexed by the Soviet Union. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, the city became a regional capital in Ukraine.

Manhole Covers
K Blahut

"tűzcsap" means hydrant in Hungarian
Demeter Ungvar
Demeter Zoltan Uzhorod

Fire Hydrants
I came across quite a few of these around the city. They were made by engineer Jaroslav Matička's Prague-based firm, which constructed Uzhhorod's water supply system and installed fire hydrants in 1930.

Ing. J. Matička - Praha


Short article in Ukrainian about Uzhhorod's fire hydrants found here.

Building Numbers
I found a couple descriptive building number plaques that date from the interwar period when Uzhhorod was part of Czechoslovakia. The signs were written in three languages: Rusyn (Ukrainian), Czech, and Hungarian. Descriptive numbers would have been unique within the municipal part (a village, a quarter, mostly for one cadastral area) or within a whole small municipality. In some Czech and Slovak settlements these descriptive buildings numbers are still used, but concurrently with newer orientation numbers.
№п. Čp. Ö
(stands for "№ порядковий," "Číslo popisné," and "Önkormányzati irányítószám")



Popular posts from this blog

Mailbox with Speaking Tubes

Abandoned Kościółs in the Galician Countryside

Dakha Brakha: Ethno-Chaos Band