The Jakob's Palace (Jakabov Palace) was built at the end of the 19th century for the rich entrepreneur Peter Jacob.
In 1945 when Kosice was the capital of Czechoslovakia for a short period, the palace was inhabited by the Czechoslovak president Eduard Benes.
Nowadays the oriental style building is used for representative purposes.
The Jacob's Palace can be found in between the old town and the Municipal Park. When coming from the train station you will come across the palace on your way to the old town.
Kosice has many well preserved medieval buildings. The buildings shown in my photo were all built during the 14th. century when the city was growing rapidly. Many buildings were constructed almost entirely out of the wood that was so plentiful in the area. The outside walls were stuccoed much later. The facades of the buildings were changed over the centuries, but so much of these buildings is original. The art designs on the facades are intersesting and different for each building. The buildings were built so close together that they share common walls. Space was very limited during medieval times when most European cities were protected by defense ramparts.
The wood roof buildings are located adjacent to a nicely maintained and vibrant city square.
Kosice's main landmark is the Gothic St. Elisbeth Cathedral (Dom Sv. Alzbety). It is not only the oldest building in Kosice, but also Slovakia's biggest church.
The medieval cathedral was constructed between 1378 and 1508, but since then underwent several restorations. In the late 19th century a crypt was built under the northern nave of the cathedral.
The interior of the cathedral is dominated by the imposing winged main altar of St. Elisabeth.
St. Elisabeth Cathedral is situated in the middle of the Central Square (Hlavne namestie), just
right in the heart of Kosice's old town (Stare Mesto).
The Immaculata Statue commemorates the victims of the plague in 1710 and 1711. The Baroque style statue is 14 m high and was erected in 1723. On top of the column sits a sculpture of Virgin Mary.
During WWII the statue was severly damaged and later restored a few times. The last restoration took place in 1998.
The Immaculata Statue can be found at the northern end of the Main Square (Hlavne Namestie).
The Neo-Baroque building of the State Theatre (Statne divadlo) is said to be one of the most beautiful theatre buildings in Europe.
It was completed in 1899 and since 1945 the theatre is run by the state.
Similar to the structure of the Slovak National Theatre of Bratislava it consists of the three ensembles drama, opera and ballet.
Like the Cathedral Complex, the State Theatre is situated in the very centre of Kosice's Old Town,
The Greek-Catholic Church of Virgin Mary's Birth (Greckokatolicky kostol narodenia Panny Marie) was built in Neo-Romanesque style in the late 19th century.
During the communist times the church belonged to the Orthodox Church, but after 1990 it was given back to the Greek Catholics.
The Church of Virgin Mary's Birth can be found in Moyzesova Street, just west of Kosice's historic city centre.
The St. Urban Tower (Urbanova veza) is a medieval bell tower which was erected in the 14th century.
Unfortunately the tower was severly damaged by fire in 1966, but reconstructed and reopened in 1971.
The St. Urban Bell weighs 7 tonnes. Nowadays the tower is home to a wax museum which exhibits famous people of the Slovak history.
Like the St. Michael Chapel also the St. Urban Tower belongs to the cathedral complex at the Central Square (Hlavne namestie) in the old town (Stare Mesto).
The history of the Dominican Church (Dominikansky Kostol) dates back to the late 13th century when it was built in in Gothic style.
In the middle of the 16th century the church was completely destoyed by fire and later in the 18th century it was reconstructed in Baroque style.
Nowadays the church belongs once again to the Dominican order.
The Dominican Church is situated at the Dominikanske Square, just west of the St. Elisabeth Cathedral.
The Old Town Hall (Stara Radnica) is a Classicistic style edifice which was finished in 1780.
The building has recently been renovated to serve for representative purposes. Nowadays it is also home to Kosice's Tourist Information Centre.
The Old Town Hall can be found just opposite to the eastern side of the State Theatre.
Old Town Hall, Hlavna ul. 59, Kosice
The Franciscan Church (Frantiskansky Kostol) was originally finished in Gothic Style in the early 15th century.
After a fire in the 16th century the church was used as an ammunition warehouse and for military church services.
Like the Dominican Church, the Franciscan Church was also reconstructed in Baroque style in the 18th century. Nowadays it serves as a seminary church.
The Franciscan Church is located in the northern half of the main street Halvna ulica.
The main square, Hlavne nam, is the real focus of Kosice -- the State Theatre is there (see intro photo) and the Cathedral -- my photo was taken looking in the opposite direction to those landmarks - as you can see, the city is full of greenery - beautiful.
The Gothic Dom sv. Alzbety (St. Elizabeth's Cathedral) lies at one end of the main square Hlavne nam. The cathedral contains the tomb of Rakoczi, a leader of revolts against the Hapsburgs.
Kapinka sv. Michala (St. Michael's Chapel) is next to the Cathedral.
The history of the St. Michael Chapel (Kaplnka sv. Michala) dates back to the early 14th century and is therefore Kosice's second oldest edifice.
It was originally built as a cemetery chapel, hence the name St. Michael, who was the patron of the dead.
The St. Michael Chapel is located just south of St. Elisabeth Catherdal. It belongs to the cathedral complex at the Central Square (Hlavne namestie) in the old town (Stare Mesto).
1 hours driving from Kosice . . .
. . . • Krasna Horka castle in Slovak Karst•
- Slovak Karst is also in the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites Eastern Slovakia
Krasna Horka castle was a Gothic fortress originally guarding the route between the rich Spis region and the city of Kosice.
It was converted into a museum at the turn of the 20th century by its nobel Hungarian owners, the Andrassy family.
The mummified body of one of the resident countesses is also among pictures of this tip.
... go back to the list of my one-day trips from Kosice city
Walk through the old town section and see the preserved buildings of which many were built long before the Soviet influence arrived.
During my visit, in November, there were red flags / banners hanging from the buildings everywhere. I couldn't read the writing on the banners and finally asked what they were about. My cousin said they were put up to celebrate the Russian Revolution. I asked her if this was a big holiday in Czechoslovakia and she told me that only the Soviets cared about it and no one liked the Soviets.
If you visit now, you may see signs of the "Velvet Revolution!" Especially the washed and newly painted buildings and changed street names.
The fall of Communism in CzechoSlovakia was called the "Velvet Revolution" because it occured without violence of any kind. Truely a gentle people, and very smart.