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    THE WOODEN CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Feb 8, 2014

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    This beautiful little church I walked past on my way from my Hotel to the historic centre of Kosice.

    This wooden Catholic church was built in 1741 and was dedicated to St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. In 1927 the church was transported to Kosice to the Museum.
    Unfortunately, it was surrounded by high fence and construction workers were busy on the site.

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    HLAVNA STREET / MAIN STREET

    by balhannah Written Feb 8, 2014

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    The main street, a street with buildings that are from another era!
    The long street is where most of the interesting historical buildings are located and is the one street YOU MUST WALK ALONG IF LIMITED ON TIME.

    As I am a fan of beautiful architecture, Kosice was a city I loved, for along the main street and surrounding streets in the historic town centre, I found Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau, Cubist and Rococo buildings, wow! they were beautiful!

    As with many old historical buildings, each has a story to tell about the wealth of the people who traded here for centuries on Slovakia's volatile borders with Ukraine, Poland and Hungary. This city became very wealthy through being on several major trade routes.

    So, be like me and enjoy walking within Kosice's medieval city walls and enjoy an extravaganza of European architecture.

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    THE ZODIAC FOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Written Feb 8, 2014

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    This Fountain was a pretty one located in a park in the main street of the historic centre.. There was water spouting from the centre of a rock pile, then from the edges were signs of the whole zodiac which had water spouting into the centre. Some goldfish were in the pond. It was really nice. Once again, there was plenty of seating to sit and enjoy some peace and quiet by the fountain.

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    CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY

    by balhannah Written Feb 8, 2014

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    Well, this Church was very plain on the outside, evidently it is the interior that must be seen - Unfortunately, not open!
    The common name for this roman catholic Church is the "Premonstratensian church. It is another example of Baroque architecture in the city and was the site of the martyrdom of three saints in 1619. The Priests were given a death sentence on charges of treason. Their fate - tortured and then beheaded that day.
    It was 1681 when the Church was finally finished and opened.

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    PARKS AND GARDENS

    by balhannah Written Feb 8, 2014

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    This is what I really loved about Kosice, the number of beautiful parks and gardens scattered around the city. They were clean from rubbish, had seating, lovely shade trees, lamp posts, flower beds and pathways. The gardens had obviously been tended to and were weed free. All were a picture, especially as it was Tulip time, and I saw some different varieties! Daffodils and flowering annuals and some very pretty blossom on trees made these parks a favorite of mine!

    Kosice has a Botanical & Zoo garden, but I never made it to either of these.

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    FRANCISCAN CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Feb 7, 2014

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    The name of this Church is "St. Anthony of Padua Church" or commonly known as the Franciscan Church or the Seminary Church. It is the second oldest preserved Church in Kosice. The outside of the Church is Gothic with some reliefs above the entrance.
    The Church in 1556, was used as a military store-house, then later as a cathedral for the bishop of Eger who settled here during the occupation of Eger by the Ottoman Empire.

    This Church wasn't open, so I will tell you what I read about the inside. Evidently, the interior is Baroque and Gothic. Inside, there is a valuable main Altar with an Altarpiece of the Madonna with St. Anton. The bishop of Eger was buried in the crypt under the main altar, dreadfully, all the crypts were plundered by soldiers after World War II. The other altars, pulpit and other furniture are from between 1760–1770.
    The statue of Saint Charles Borromeo, a patron of the seminary, is on its copula.

    OPENING HOURS
    Monday - Saturday: Noon & 4.30pm
    Sunday: 7:15am 9:30am 11:00am 4.30pm

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    MEMORIAL PLAQUES IN KOSICE

    by balhannah Written Feb 7, 2014

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    The main street of Kosice is full of interesting old buildings, ones that I was enjoying seeing. On the wall of one such building, I noticed a memorial plaque. As it wasn't written in English, I had no idea who the person was, or what the plaque represented. As I had come across one of Pope John Paul II, I guessed they were in memory of important people and events. Keep and eye out for them as you walk the historic city centre.

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    HOTEL SLAVIA

    by balhannah Written Feb 7, 2014

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    The Hotel Slavia is a Art-Noveau building dating back to 1480. Back in 1787, it was used as a cowshed for 16 farm animals!
    Then, in 1841, fire destroyed quite a bit of the building so it had to be reconstructed. Now, it is a secession building, a Hotel and an upmarket coffee shop.

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    ANDRASSY PALACE

    by balhannah Updated Feb 7, 2014

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    Andrássy palace is much nicer than my awful photo shows - I was looking into the sun!
    If your like me and are enjoy viewing the architecture of this city, then head here to see this beautiful neo-baroque three-storey building, built in 1899.
    In the Middle Ages, three smaller town houses stood here. In 1823, in one of the houses, Count Julius Andráši , later Prime Minister of the Hungarian government was born here. One of the houses formed the arch over the entrance to the White Street.

    In 1898, the houses were demolished and the construction of the Palace began. When completed, the ground floor of the palace was used as a luxurious cafe with billiard tables. Today, it is "Andrassy cafe" a Pizzeria and Patisserie, not much different!
    Aida is the most popular patisserie with the locals, so I imagine it must be good!
    In 1982 the building was declared a cultural monument and was later reclassified as a national cultural monument

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    CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF SLOVAKIA

    by balhannah Written Feb 7, 2014

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    The Constitutional Court of Slovakia at Kosice is where 13 Judges reside who have been selected by the President. The Judges must be at least 40 years old, be a law school graduate and be practising law for at least 15 years.
    The Judges make decisions on disputes between bodies of state administration, complaints against legally valid decisions of state bodies, elections, referenda etc., and is the only court that can sue the President of Slovakia.
    It's a huge building and has sculpture of a huge head with its eyes closed on the roof above the main entrance.

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    EAST SLOVAK GALLERY

    by balhannah Written Feb 7, 2014

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    The East Slovak Gallery was founded in 1951 as the first regional gallery in Slovakia.

    Once again, I find another beautiful Baroque-Classical palace-type building in which the gallery is located. The building dates to 1779, but was reconstructed and converted into a museum between the years 1973–1975.
    The Gallery presents work of contemporary artists, older works of Slovak and international artists, art of this region and from other parts of Slovakia.

    OPENING HOURS
    Tuesday - sunday 10 - 6PM

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    SLOVAK TECHNICAL MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Feb 7, 2014

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    It was the building I was interested in, not what was housed inside the Slovak Technical Museum. As it happened, it was closed, it didn't interest me, but my husband wouldn't have minded going inside if it was open.
    It's the only museum in Slovakia with expositions on metallurgy, mechanical engineering, artistic metalwork, cartography and more in this line. The museum has 16 000 collections, quite a few of the collections are irreplaceable.

    The building of the museum was built in the place where four Gothic burgher houses from the 13th century stood. From 1654, it was where the highest Hungarian military dignitaries stayed when in Kosice. At that time, the building was named "Rakociœ" palace.
    In the 18th century, it was rebuilt in the style of the Theresian classicizing Baroque.

    OPENING HOURS OF MUSEUM
    Tuesday - Friday..... 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m
    Saturday & Sunday 12.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

    ADMISSION FEE
    adults 3,- €
    reduced 1,50 €
    family ticket (max. 2 adults an 3 children) 5,- €
    Mining exposition 1,- €
    Department of the energetistic 1,- €

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    JULIUS JAKOBY STATUE

    by balhannah Written Feb 7, 2014

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    My thoughts on this statue - It was ugly!
    Julius Jakoby is the bronze statue - I wonder what he would have thought!
    I hadn't heard of him, but have since found he was an outstanding artist in the Post - War period. Most of his life he lived in very modest conditions even though he was a merited artist. The best known of his paintings were two oil paintings "Jew" - 1929 and "The Homecoming" - 1957.
    A bronze plate on the pavement gives his d.o.b. as 1905, died in 1985.

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    INTERNATIONAL PEACE MARATHON STATUE

    by balhannah Written Feb 7, 2014

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    The International Peace Marathon statue is of a naked man running, why naked, I have no idea! I doubt if they would be running naked in the race!
    The statue has been here since 1959, and on the granite base, the names of the winners and all participants of this race. It is held in Autumn and is one of the most important endurance races in the World. The Marathon is the second oldest in the World, the oldest is the marathon in Boston (USA).
    It was centred in a small park which in April had a lovely display of flowering Tulips.

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    THE CARILLON & SINGING FOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Updated Feb 6, 2014

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    The Carillon is from 1997, a modern free standing one in the town park. The carillon has 22 bells symbolizing 22 districts of Kosice city.
    It plays some well known melodies during the day on the hour.

    The Singing Fountain is next to the Carillon. Like other Singing Fountains, it sprouts water to recorded music, and at night is lit by coloured lights.

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