The most important building on the main square is the church of St. Egidius (Bazilika sv. Egídia), finished around 1515. It's a huge Gothic church, testimony of the wealth the town had accumulated in the late Middle Ages. The interior is a true treasure trove of 15th century religious art. No less than 11 Gothic altars are on show. It's well worth the small entrance fee.
Mon - Fri: 10 - 15:30
Sat: 10 - 14:30
Sun: 11:30 - 14:30
Highlight of any visit to Bardejov, the huge central square covers almost half of the historic old town. It's still surrounded by Gothic and Renaissance houses, some even with wooden gables. The former town hall, a beautiful building from 1505, is in the centre of it all. It's really worthwhile to make a stroll around the square and admire all the houses. There are some bars and restaurants with outside terraces along the way.
In Bardejov there is the best preserved town fortification system in Slovakia. It contains of a part of little barbican, fragments of city walls, a few towers and two big gates. The walls and other fortifications were built in 14th-16th centuries.
The church of lutheran (augsburg-evangelical) confession built in the classical style in 1798-1808. It was the era of tolerance (suitable documents were issued that time) and the followers were able to set up such kind of temple.
The building has an elongated ground-plan with a semicircular apse, the nave features flat vaulted ceiling. The interior furnishings in neo-gothic style (from 19th).
The town fortification system was strengthened by a few towers. There are School (Shkolska), Water (Vodna), Big (Velka) and Thick (Hruba) bastions. All of them are from 15th and 16th centuries.
In the past the total number of all the bastions and towers could reach 23, or even 30.
The almost untouched town hall dates back to 1505 (the building was completed in 1511) and is the oldest renaissance relic in Slovakia. The building connects the early renaissance with elements of gothic architecture and graphics. Because it stands in the middle of the main square it could avoid fires that a few times destroyed the houses in the center.
For almost 400 years it was a seat of town's self-government, center of merchant and cultural life. Now inside there are the Szaryskie (Shariskye) Museum and Museum of the Bardejov's History.
Slovakia is generally the roman catholic country. But there are (or were) also followers of other denominations and religions. One of them is the greek catholicism, quite popular in eastern part of the country. The orthodox church was built in the very beginning of 20th century in the place of former moat. It is in eclectic style with neo-Romanesque details on the facade.
It is worth of special attention. Its shape is rectangular, with three sides made of picturesque burgher houses in gothic and rennaissance style. The St. Egidius's church stands on the forth side of square and in the middle of that is the town hall, now museum.
Modern Slovakian name for the square is Radnicne Namestie.
The photo was captured from the church's tower.
There is a Jewish complex outside the city walls - former baths, synagogue, livable buildings, cemetery... This old-time suburb dates back from the end of 18th centrury (a synagogue is a bit older). It is one of the most intersting part of Jewish heritage in Slovakia.
In the center of the town the is another synagogue, which you can see on the photo. I took it during the renovation of pavement, so temple's neighborhood lookded not so good.
The three nave Basilica Minor of St. Egidius in Bardejov stands in the main square of the town. The first written mention of if was made in 1427. After completion, the church became one of the finest examples of Late-Gothic architecture in Eastern Slovakia.
Inside generous decor and the main historical relic: 11 gothic flank altairs.
The great view from the tower is for sure worth to go hundreds steps up.
Some of church's dimention:
Height: 24 m
Lenght: 49 m
Width: 21,6 m
Tower - hmmm, I have no precise date - but probably a little more than 50 m.
Bardejov is quite small town (population about 30 thousand people), with very valuable historical part in the center. It is probably the best preserved example of medieval fortified town in all of Slovakia. In 2000 the town was enlisted into UNESCO World Heritage List.
I like very much that kind of places. It might be enough for me just walking around amongst the old houses, churches and fragments of fortifications, stopping from time to time in a pub or restaurant or only sitting for a moment somewhere on the kerbstone. Try the same!
I recommend you that style of spending at least a few hours here in Bardejov.
The Saris Ikon Museum is right next to this building and sounds like it could be the most interesting museum in the town. It was closed while we were there. We were told by the helpful lady in the Tourist Information Office that if we asked in the other museum they might open it up for us, but by the time we'd eaten, that museum had also closed.
Alas Museums close at 4pm in Bardejov, at least in the summer.
According to guide books, this has one of Central Europe's most splendid Gothic interiors. A look inside is well worthwhile, and a wander down the aisles taking in the 11 different alters, each of which has an explanation of the panel details in English and German.
Entry is payable at the door and costs around 20SK. Student concessions available.
The inside is indeed lovely but the downside of such a delicate Gothic interior is that lighting has to be so poor that you will find yourself peering through semi-darkness to make out some of the paintings.
the main square is really one of the coziest I've ever seen. All the houses are painted in bright shiny colors which gives the place a very peacefull atmosphere.
The church of St. Egidius is next to the main square. It's a very beatifull building and the enterior is supposed to be even nicer, but just when I wanted to enter a service started.