Gabor Szantai
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13 January 1568: Freedom of religion was declared at the Diet of Torda

Jan 13, 2022

Thanks to the Edict of Torda, from the last decades of the 16th Century Transylvania, was the only place in Europe, where so many religions could live together in harmony and without persecution. You can add the famous Patent of Prince Bethlen to it, it was about the religious freedom of Jewish people in 1619.

However, the Sabbatarians were not much tolerated: in the infamous Trial of the Székely Sabbatarians in 1638 when 20,000 “Judaizers” had been targeted, just one person was executed in the end. Compare it to the great religious wars in the west where an estimated 11 million people were killed.

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