Gelence has also become famous for its oil. Experts have for long discovered that in the deep structure of the paleogenic fliss, which is the ground of this region, there can be found sources of oil. The expensive petrol industry was begun here in the 1980s. Up to the change of political system petrol industry was the number one priority of the region, offering jobs for most of the locals. After 1989 the economical image of the village has changed. As the petrol industry had a lot of planned loss, it slowly went bankrupt. Nowadays they are pumping up the remainders of oil from the last few wells.
New times brought about new opportunities, though. Service industry has become strong in this settlement, village tourism flourishes here. More than 20 modern, qualified guest houses function in Gelence. Tourists can fin full board or half board type of services here, guided tours to local tourist sight are also offered.
In good financial conditions some new enterprises were started, one of which is the trout-farm of Gelence. In different pools trout are brooded from spawns. This especially tasteful fish is later bought and served by restaurants.
As we have already mentioned before, Haraly is a nice little village, which also belongs to Gelence. According to local legends the place got its name from the mountain Haros, at the bottom of which the village is situated.
The settlement is placed along the two banks of the Haraly stream and at the entrance of the village we can find a monument> the Roman catholic Church. Its eastern side is the ruin of an older building. Its western part was built later, in the 18th century. The church has one nave and it presents some features of the gothic period, like the carved doorframes with straightened arches: one of them is at the entrance of the vestry, the other one has been walled in the southern side. On its northern and southern walls there are the remainders of murals. It has not yet been officially examined. The low ceiling of the church has got stuccoed decoration, in the church we can find the statue of the church’s patron saint: St John of Napumuk The apotheosis of the saint is presented by the picture of the late baroque altar. There is an interesting inscription on the western front of the church telling the visitor that: “No living soul knows when and who built me. In the old times I used to be a small chapel and then a guarding bastion. I became a church 744 years after the year 1000 and I renewed myself in 92. Finally now in 1865 Haraly made me beautiful in this way on his costs when noble Fejer Mihaly was the main curator. This is what I leave you, future generations.”
It is original that they built the bell tower up in the center of the village of Haraly, “in order to let Haraly’s people hear the beautiful song of the bells from close.”
And it is true indeed that its bells were made by a famous master from Brasso, in 1617 according to its inscriptions.
The mountain on the eastern side of the village is called Vorosvar or Baratok mountain. According to documents there used to be once the so called “temple of the red monks”.
Nowadays we can only see the place where the building used to be once and a pit, the so called Treasure-pit, about which it is said that it was connected to the church by a tunnel.
The Gelence people have always been proud of their jobs, buildings and of course of their traditions too. The 15th Sekler Borderguard Feet Group keeps traditions alive under the guidance of the “Bodor Gyorgy” Cultural Association, this group takes part on local and international historical mementos. The importance of culture is also marked by the fact that there are more than 8000 volumes available in the local library.
In 2007 more than 700 children studied at the Jancso Benedek secondary school, which functions in three buildings. The first written document about the village school dates back to 1628. The name of the school comes from the writer who lived between 1854 and 1930 and wrote “The History of Transylvania” in 1923. The epilogue of the book praises the author: He was not only a scientist but also a wise man in the very noble sense of the word.
Beside school entertainment is also important here, for which a nice place is offered by the imposing building of the Cultural House.
The dynamic development of the village is also illustrated by the fact that not long ago a sport center was established here to the joy of those who prefer a healthy life.
Anybody who visits Gelence can easily notice that economic and cultural life is flourishing on this constantly developing settlement, which is also due to the leading role of the council of the village and to the hardworking local people.
It is interesting that in 1999 in Poland the World Association of Hungarians placed a huge Sekler carved gate in the memory of Kinga, the daughter of King Bela the 4th of Arpadhaza on the occasion of the sanctification of the princess, which was celebrated by Pope John Paul the IInd.
Gelence people is rightfully proud of the fact that the Sekler gate placed at Oszandece was made by Gelence woodcarvers. A gate of the same size welcomes the visitors of Gelence.
The gate placed at the entrance of the village carries the message that Gelence awaits its visitors with open arm wherever they might come from.