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"The world may not believe me, they may attribute my opinion to admiration or the Hungarian passion. Future will tell. That limestone peak of Györök, where amazement stopped me, may become the meeting point to all cultivated young men and women once and for all. May they just discover it once." (Károly Eötvös, Journey to Balaton)
As Károly Eötvös writes in his book, Journey to Balaton, Szent György (or Saint George) mountain in the Tapolca-basin as well as its surroundings are one of the most beautiful landscapes in Hungary. This is where Kisapáti is located, east of Szent György mountain.

The Youth conference this year will be organized here, in Diska major in Kisapáti, that has become a multifuncional conference center of the church.

The goal of the Diska major project is the creation of a center that will provide a place of physical and spiritual rechargement for all church members, as well as a venue for various conferences and meetings. Read more about the project and its goals here.

A new venue brings a lot of changes in the lives of both the participants and the organizers. Please take this into consideration during all of the conference.

Contrary to the precious years, this year everybody will be able to listen to the sermons together in the conference hall enlarged by a huge tent.

Map of the most important sites.

In the 18th century the Diska Manor was owned by the Diskay family. According to public records this noble family owned several estates and properties around Lake Balaton, for example at Zanka and Kövagoörs. The landlords around Badacsony worked very hard to revitalize the country which had been almost completely destroyed and its population had declined dramatically during the Ottoman rule of Hungary (1541-1699). One of their first goals was to recolonize the homeland therefore they invited many people from other provinces and from foreign nations as well. The landlords of Zanka made very favorable offers to German protestant families so on the 2nd of July 1736 Adam Diskay and Adam Sebestyen concluded a great deal with the new inhabitants and they signed the resettlement contract.

 

In the 19th century the Diskay landlords spent most of their time in the country in order to be able to manage the manor effectively. Beside breeding many types of animals and farming they worked actively in the local community. They had a significant positive influence on the countryside as well and planted numerous plants and trees on the hills. Due to the developments in the manor and innovations regarding farming the neighbourhood was restored to life. Also around this time, at the beginning of the 1800s the well-known legend of Miss Rozi Repa and Mr. Joska Sobri was spread far and wide in Hungary.

Karoly Eötvös (1842-1916), a Hungarian politician, attorney and author, also dedicated a chapter to the story in his book “Journey around the Balaton” and he even interviewed Rozi Repa’s brother in order to find out the true story. According to the tale, the Repa siblings were very poor cottars and had to work at several manors and cottages to make a living. Rozi Repa (Rose Carrott) had worked in the mill of the Diskay Manor, having been hired by the master miller. After a while it happened that Rozi caught the eye of one of the relatives of the Diskay landlord. It happened once that after an approach by the landlord while she was defending herself she pushed him off in such a way that he lost his balance he fell into the gearwheel. The incident caused a big scandal and Rozi felt it necessary to run away on that very night. Finally she found shelter in the Üreglyuk wayhouse at the foot of the SzentGyörgy hill and the jewish family who managed the rest-house took care of her very well. Well the night was not over for Rozi yet. A couple of hours later Mr. Joska Sobri, the leader of the notorious bandit group showed up with his whole troop. The people around the country feared him very much because of his legendary robbery attacks. However deep down Mr. Sobri had a good heart and had a great respect for the girl so he managed to convince Rozi not to be scared of him and indeed Sobri being curious asked Rozi to tell him her story about her escape from the Diskay Manor. After a long conversation they said goodbye and Sobri called up two of his crewmen immediately to visit the Diskay landlord in the middle of the night and twist his arm to elicit an apology for the misunderstandings in a letter to the girl. In the early morning Rozi went out to the garden and Joska Sobri was waiting for her along with the landlord’s letter. Without any doubts this made a big impression on Rozi and Joska Sobri was not hiding his feelings any more so he asked her to marry him. Of course Sobri being honest informed Rozi about his current situation, namely that he had been chased because of his robbery activities so the wedding can take place when everybody could calm done. In spite of all these Rozi’s answer was a big “yes”. After a while Rozi moved to another wayhouse also closed to the Szent György hill. She had a great respect in the town even from the landlords of Tapolca, Badacsony and Keszthely. Joska Sobri visited his bride regularly however after a while he disappeared into thin air and hadn’t come to see her anymore. Very soon the country people began to spread legendary stories about him… according to some of these stories he had been caught and killed in the chase or for example he went to the Great Hungarian Plain to manage a farm or he went to the USA and worked as a pharmacist. In the opinion of other people Joska Sobri was earl Charles Vay who went bankrupt therefore picking up a fictive name he started to marauding and after he got rich due to his robberies, he returned to the castle as a wealthy earl. Whatever happened Rozi was certain about that he is still alive so she taught that even if it might go hard she will go to find him… After this nobody heard anything about Rozi Repa around the Szent György hill. Interesting fact that there are some anecdotes about Joska Sobri even in German and French languages.

Based on archive records members of the Diskay family were active in civil services as well, for instance Jonathan and Lajos Diskay served at the court in the early 1830-40s.

After 1848, due to the abolition of serfdom and cancellation of the primogeniture law as well as due to the capitalization new traders appeared on the market. However after 1945 most of the properties were owned by the state, but after the privatization a lot of private owners were very engaged and laid down their drafts about building plans on the table in order to bring out the best in the old and neglected manors.

In 2015 the Diskay Manor began a new chapter when a new owner, Faith Church bought the property. Feel free to read about the investments on the next page.