Quarry and Cave-theatre
The name of Fertorákos
is closely connected to the quarry on the hill situated in the north of the village.
The estimated origin of the white trimmable Lajta limestone goes back about 10-12 million years, when the Pannon sub-sea covered the area.
The operation of the mine started in the Roman times.
Many fascinating big halls were created deeply under the surface until mining was stopped in 1948. The limestone with beautiful motives was the favourite building material in the area
It was used first of all in Sopron and Vienna for the construction of defensive walls,:
churches, public and private buildings. Extremely interesting geological and paleontological observations can be made on the walls and the 12-15 m high pillars of the big halls. The occurrences of the past millions of years can be read like in a diary on the alluvium of the ancient sea. The worldwide famous Cave Theatre offers high quality performances in the summer in the pillary cave system with excellent acoustics created with special mining technology. The performances and the theatre events mean a unique delightful experience due to the incredible natural environment and the wonderful scenery.
The area of the quarry (about 5 hectares)
and the dry grassland around is the living and growing space of several protected animals and plants. The experience in the open-air museum can be increased by the unforgettable prospect to Lake Ferto and its environs from the lookout of the Rock-Buckthorn Study Path.
The metal statue by Gabriela von Habsburg
stands on the plateau of the quarry like an exclamation mark. The Pan-European Monument symbolizing a piece of the “iron curtain” recalls the memory of the opening of the frontier in 1989.
Quarry and Cave-theatre
Quarry and Cave-theatre and the Mithras – chapel
There was a prosperous life in the village and its environs in
the Roman times, which is proved by the numerous architectural relics and cemeteries. The most important relic of this era is the small Mithras Cave discovered between Fertorákos and Mörbisch. The Roman frontier guards brought the oriental mystery religion and created the rock chapel in honour of the Persian Grod of Sun about 2 thousand years ago. They erected an altar to honour Mithras, the god born from a rock. Following the reconstruction of the chapel, you have the possibility to recall the mystified past nowadays.