Kosice Things to Do

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    Jakob's Palace

    by HORSCHECK Updated Mar 15, 2008

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    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.

    Directions:
    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.

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    Medieval wood roofed houses of Kosice

    by svetlanamer Updated Jan 8, 2006

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    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.

    Wood roofed houses of old town Kosice
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    St. Elisabeth Cathedral

    by HORSCHECK Updated Mar 14, 2008

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    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.

    Directions:
    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).

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    Immaculata Statue

    by HORSCHECK Updated Mar 14, 2008

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    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.

    Directions:
    The Immaculata Statue can be found at the northern end of the Main Square (Hlavne Namestie).

    Immaculata Statue Immaculata Statue Immaculata Statue in front of the State Theatre Immaculata Statue: Sculpture of Virgin Mary
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    The State Theatre

    by HORSCHECK Updated Mar 14, 2008

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    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.

    Directions:
    Like the Cathedral Complex, the State Theatre is situated in the very centre of Kosice's Old Town,

    State Theatre (Statne divadlo) State Theatre (Statne divadlo) State Theatre (Statne divadlo) State Theatre (Statne divadlo)
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    Church of Virgin Mary's Birth

    by HORSCHECK Written Mar 14, 2008

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    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.

    Directions:
    The Church of Virgin Mary's Birth can be found in Moyzesova Street, just west of Kosice's historic city centre.

    Church of Virgin Mary Inside the Church of Virgin Mary
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    St. Urban Tower

    by HORSCHECK Updated Mar 15, 2008

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    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.

    Directions:
    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).

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    Dominican Church

    by HORSCHECK Updated Mar 14, 2008

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    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.

    Directions:
    The Dominican Church is situated at the Dominikanske Square, just west of the St. Elisabeth Cathedral.

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    Old Town Hall

    by HORSCHECK Updated Mar 14, 2008

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    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.

    Directions:
    The Old Town Hall can be found just opposite to the eastern side of the State Theatre.

    Address:
    Old Town Hall, Hlavna ul. 59, Kosice

    Old Town Hall (Stara Radnica) Old Town Hall (Stara Radnica) Old Town Hall (Stara Radnica)
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    Franciscan Church

    by HORSCHECK Updated Mar 15, 2008

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    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.

    Directions:
    The Franciscan Church is located in the northern half of the main street Halvna ulica.

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    Hlavne nam -- the main square

    by Ben-UK Written May 20, 2004

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    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.

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    Cathedral

    by Ben-UK Updated May 20, 2004

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    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.

    St. Elizabeth's Cathedral

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    THE BEGGAR'S HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Feb 6, 2014

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    Let me tell you a legend about this house I saw in the main street of Kosice.

    After viewing the Immaculata statue, I noticed this rather nice Secession building, with a statue on top of the building and a painting on the facade. Painted in lemon and white and with the year 1898 painted on the facade, I wanted to know more about this building, and why it had this name!

    The story goes a beggar managed to scrounge a fortune, then had this house built. The figure on the top of the building, is the beggar waving his hat and begging.

    So, how did he go about this? He was no ordinary beggar, but a "career beggar" who had no other income. Over many years, the generous rich people of Kosice gave him money, so much that he had enough to build this house in the "rich" area of Kosice. How-ever, it wasn't that easy, as these wealthy Kosice citizens did not want "him" living next to them, so he had to bribe them. This is why the statue on the roof was placed.

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    St. Michael Chapel

    by HORSCHECK Written Mar 14, 2008

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    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.

    Directions:
    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).

    St. Michael Chapel
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    PLAGUE COLUMN / IMMACULATA STATUE

    by balhannah Written Feb 6, 2014

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    The Immaculata Statue is another really beautiful sculpture in Kosice. This baroque column was built to commemorate the plague from the years 1710 -1711 and is dated from 1720 - 1723.

    The column stands on a stone pedestal on which the statues of St. Joseph, St. Ladislaus and St. Sebastian are standing. At the very top, is the figure of Mother Mary and at her feet are a globe and snake. The stone columns of the railings are decorated with statues as well, two of them are of the same age as the monument itself. It is believed, the bodily remains of St. Valentine are hidden under one of the columns

    Interesting is the location of this Statue, for it was this area the City Gallows stood, where condemned men were be-headed. The last execution took place in 1837, when a man and a woman were condemned to be beheaded because of a murder they committed together. As Kosice didn't have an executioner, they brought in one from Budapest.

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