Number of inhabitants: 971
In Zalaszántó it’s worth to visit the parish church on the top of a small hill.In Zalaszántó it’s worth to visit the parish church on the top of a small hill.
The church reflects realistically the storms of the Hungarian history throughout its Roman and Gothic elements and Baroque equipment. Not far from the church, on the same side of the street, a small Roman chapel can be found from 1441. If you look around well in the streets of the village some still working blue-painted artesian well can be seen. Unfortunately they are already on dying out.
The ruins of the Tátika castle surrounded by a protected ancient beech forest stands on the top of a 412 m high volcanic hill, out of Zalaszántó. There is a 1 km long basalt corridor with caverns and the “Vadlány-lik” cave on western side of the Kovácsi Hill. (On the area of the Balaton Uplands there are several caves with the same name, “Vadlány-lik”.)
A number of architectural and geological memories and sights come across at every turn in and around the village. Graves from the Iron Age and a 13th century Roman Catholic church can be found here as well. The Hungarian Blue Hiking Route leads up to the Buddhist shrine (2 km) from the church classified as a national monument. The snow-white Buddhist stupa stands in the Park of Human Rights which covers an area of 10 hectares. The stupa was built in 1992-93 and is the biggest one in Central Europe. Dalai Lama took part on the inauguration ceremony. The path of the Kovácsi Hill starts from here, too.