City centre with the Rába River

Coat of arms

Location of Szentgotthárd

Coordinates: 46°56′56″N 16°16′45″E / 46.94876°N 16.27907°E / 46.94876; 16.27907Coordinates: 46°56′56″N 16°16′45″E / 46.94876°N 16.27907°E / 46.94876; 16.27907
Country  Hungary
County Vas
  Total 67.73 km2 (26.15 sq mi)
Population (2004)
  Total 9,136
  Density 134.88/km2 (349.3/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9970
Area code(s) 94

Szentgotthárd (German: St. Gotthard; Slovene: Monošter) is the westernmost town of Hungary. It is situated on the Rába River near the Austrian border, and is home to much of Hungary's small Slovene ethnic minority.

The town took its name from, and grew up round, the Cistercian Szentgotthárd Abbey, founded here in 1183.

In 1664, it was the site of the Battle of Saint Gotthard, where an Austrian army led by Raimondo Montecuccoli defeated the Ottoman Empire so that the Turks had to agree to the Peace of Vasvár, which held until 1683.

The town serves as the cultural centre of the Hungarian Slovenes.


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