The equestrian statue hiding gold inside

The equestrian statue hiding gold inside

by Haasz Zoltan, 12/01/2015
Golden treasure found in an ancient statue

At the village of Velence, a headless equestrian statue was found along a military road dating back to the Roman times. It is alleged to have been standing by the road, bearing witness to the marches of various folks, who did not dare to do any harm to it.
The legend says: The statue by the road was sinking deeper and deeper into the ground, so, it was only its head sticking out. When King Matthias called for Italian masters of construction from the distant Venice to rebuild the castle of the town of Fehérvár, three brothers came along with the masters as well, who stopped here in Velence on their way from the town Buda to Fehérvár.
From the bottom of the hill they were watching the landscape, the water of the lake with the lagoons among the reeds, and they grew to like it as it resembled their home land, Venice. As they were indulging in the scenery, they beheld a head of a statue sticking out of the ground, which they began to dig out. When they finally managed to take it out, they erected it. They resolved to take it to King Matthias’ court to Fehérvár. However, no sooner had they wanted to put it on their cart when it fell down, its head broke off and a pile of golden coins fell out of it. The three brothers were rejoicing and they decided not to wander on but settle down here and build a settlement from the money found, which they named the Hungarian Venice/Velence. They began to gather stones for construction from the nearby stone mine, which was named Olasz (Italian) quarry after them.

The fracture of the equestrian statue can be found by the entrance of Museum of István of Székesfehérvár. In Velence, the name of the Italian quarry can still be seen on Lake of Velencei maps these days.


Lake Velencei, Hungary


Kupi László: Város volt, város lett – Velence története 2004. (150-151.o.)

Velencei-tó Környéki Többcélú Kistérségi Társulás: Kistérségi legendás történeteinkből 2011. (33-34.o.)