Herdbook number: 278/TT/97
Number of protection pronouncing law: 24/1997 (VIII.1.) KTM decree
Serial number of the area regarding the International convention: HUBN10007 - Natura 2000
Extent of the area: 1.1 hectare
Name of the county: Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén
Names of the settlements: Sárospatak (Károlyfalva)

The handling plan of Megyer-mountain Seaeye Nature Coservation Area was announced by the 29/2008. (XII. 10.) KvVM decree. The aim of the 1997 year protection manifestation is to preserve the former millstone quarry’s unique occuring, big significance mine historical and geological values, and to also preserve the botanical and zoological values, which was formed after the end of the mining processes. The seaeye – formed by the accumulation of the rainwater – is a unique significant area with its botanical, zoological and geological values. Excellent illustrative – from geological aspect – of Tokaj-mountain’s miocene vulcanic post-operation, where we can get a closer look into the former hydrothermal centre due to mine digestion.
More than 300 m high Megyer-mountain rises from Sárospatak to the north, wines adorn its slopes. The former millstone quarry – surrounded by opened, high stone walls – which was formed in the mountain’s flinted rhyolitic trees in the XV. century, is at natural formation, a popular sight, as well as a geological discovery and a culture historical showroom today. Megyer-mountain is pretty workable in its main weight, like the vulcanic cone of Király-mountain and it is made of solid, flinted rhyolitic tree. This feature has formed from the easily dusty and crumbling rhyolit tuff, that the upflowing hot water tinctures, gases, steams have penetrated and reformed the tuff during the vulcanic aftermath. Its really hard quartz particles have embedded into natural cementitious material, this is due to its hardness. Grindstones of grain grinders and ore grinders were mined here back in the days. The mining process was started in the XV. century; the rhyolit tuff – soaked with flint – has been found extremely suitable for grindstone, since it wasn’t just hard enough, but the wheat grains were grilled a bit during the grinding, which gave a delicate taste to the flour. The stones – which were mined in Megyer-mountain – were also in demand abroad, since the 1800’s. (In our country, these were gladly used in paprika mills.) These stones were mined in full condition in the beginning (which were drawn by huge tools [curlicue – similar to calipers] in the rock) usually in pairs, that they can „work together” in the mill later. Later on, these pieces were more sizeable, which were fitted together afterwards. Grindstone mining was continued from the XIX. century at the near Botkő-hills, where former geyser cone residues can be found. (Petrified animal and plant residues, delicate quartz crystals, and different types of opal can be found in the surroundings of the previously mentioned mines).
Today, the cavity of the Megyer-mountain mine lake is filled with rainwater, so that’s how the permanent water, quaint lake has came into being, which biggest depth is approximately 6 m, the cliff walls rise 70 m above the water surface in some places. The cavern of the mine guard, the former blacksmith workshop, which was digged into the rock, the mined grindstones and the canyon for transportation and navigation of the rainwater are also interesting sights.

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