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    THE TOWN HALL

    by balhannah Updated Feb 4, 2014

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    Another beautifully decorated building sitting opposite the Neptune Fountain, is the historic Presov Town Hall.
    During medieval times, the Town Hall was located in the area of the towns park. Due to fire in the 17th century it was damaged badly, so a new one, that once was an opulent Burghers house, eventually became the new Town Hall. I say eventually, as it was the towns wine cellar, before being enlarged and becoming the new Town Hall. The building is from the Gothic period although not of this style remains. The latest re-construction took place after a big fire in 1887, this was when the typical facade with high windows and a balcony were added. In 1961, the Town Hall was listed as a national cultural heritage.

    Located infront of the Town Hall is a sculpture of the Guardian angel. It has Prešov´s coat of arms on one side and down by his feet are names of all Prešov´s mayors.

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    TOWN FORTIFICATIONS

    by balhannah Written Feb 4, 2014

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    Looking to Florian's Gate

    It was in the 14th century when walls, trapdoors, water moats and bridges were built around Presov, some of them are still standing today.
    Florian´s gate on the street of the same name, was the historical entrance of the town. If you passed through here on you way into the centre of town, then a toll had to be paid. On Kováèska street is one of the original bastions that is now a Café/Restaurant.

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    GENERAL CARAFA

    by balhannah Updated Feb 4, 2014

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    Carafa & Executioner statue

    On the corner of one of the buildings in the main street, is a rather evil looking Executioner standing with General Carafa.
    I had to find out the story to this statue!

    Back in the 17th century, Presov endured many religious conflicts. In 1687, General Carafa was sent on a mission to Presov by the Austrian emperor. He arrived and imprisoned a group of local noblemen suspected of rebellion in a former wine warehouse off the square now known as Carafa's Prison. Carafa had 24 of them tortured, executed and their heads placed on spikes around the town, thank-goodness he still isn't around today - not a nice man at all!

    There is a monument to the victims on the corner of the Protestant College in the centre of the square. Pope John Paul II prayed for forgiveness there when he visited the city in 1995.

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    STATUE OF ST. JOHN PAUL II

    by balhannah Written Feb 4, 2014

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    In 1995, the Church of St. Nicholas was visited by Pope John Paul II.
    Located on the paving midway between the Roman Catholic Saint Nicholas Church and the Evangelical Holy Trinity Church, is a bronze statue depicting Pope John Paul II. The 2.5-metre sculpture was created by sculptor Peter Beno from Kosice and is a rather good one!

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    CHURCH OF ST. NICHOLAS

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    If you walk the main street of Presov, then you will have to walk past this Church.
    The Church is the oldest and the only Gothic religious building preserved in the town. This historic landmark is the main Roman-Catholic church.
    Built in the mid-14th century, it has a tall gothic tower. A lot has been destroyed by fire, even so, some Gothic elements have survived, along with Baroque, Classicalist, Renaissance and Empire style, quite a mixture.

    Of course, the patron saint of the parish church is St. Nicholas, who is a favorite with the Slovakian people. The Gothic and Baroque styles alternate on the main altar of St Nicholas from 1696. Statues of angels from the beginning of the 16th century are Gothic, and the Altar of St. George is Baroque.
    The entrance doors have some lovely wooden carvings not to be missed.

    St. Nicholas was Prešov parish church until 2008, when it was elevated by pope Benedict XVI to the co-cathedral church. The title "co-cathedral" refers to the fact, that St. Nicholas is the second seat of archbishops of the Košice' Archdiocese, after St. Elisabeth Cathedral in Košice.

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    THE REGIONAL MUSEUM

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    Regional Museum

    Rákóczi palace, which was the founded in the beginning of the 17th century, became about by combining or rebuilding a number of medieval town houses in Renaissance style. This is where the Museum is located. I didn't go inside, but I did enjoy seeing the sgraffito decorated building.
    Significant historical events in the history of the palace, took place at the time of the Hungarian nobility uprisings against the Habsburgs in the 17th century and early 18th century. The Renaissance architecture of this building is found in Slovakia and former Upper Hungary.

    If your interested in learning about the history of the area, then the Museum would be worth seeing as the information relates to this part of Slovakia. Show-cased is the history of Presov, historical weapons, Man & fire [firemen], the farmers yard, art and short term displays.

    OPEN
    Tuesday - Friday 9 - 5pm
    Sunday2 - 6pm

    ADMISSION
    adults 2 €,
    Children & students 1 €

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    BOSAKOVA BANK

    by balhannah Written Feb 4, 2014

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    Bosakova Bank

    Bosakova Bank is situated on the corner of Main and Levoèska street. The building attracted my attention straight away because of its huge dome and four ladies, two either side of the entrance door. It was built between 1923-1924 as an exhibition Art Nouveau building.
    The sculptured ladies I saw on the front façade are called Peace and Love, Abundance and Thrift.
    I didn't see the rear of the building which has an allegory of the four seasons and under her relief a steamship, steam locomotives and aircraft.

    The Bank was named after Michal Bosak (1869-1937), who in 1920 founded the American-Slovak bank in Bratislava, which had 9 branches.

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    IMMACULATA SCULPTURE

    by balhannah Written Feb 3, 2014

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    The Immaculata sculpture is another beautiful statue I found in the square. This sandstone statue was erected in the northern part of the small park in 1751. The base originally had four Saints, however, only Saint John Nepomuk and Saint Nicholas remain. At the very top is the gilded statue of Madonna and Child with crown and sceptre.

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    MEMORIAL OF THE RED ARMY

    by balhannah Written Feb 2, 2014

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    Presov, instead of removing any memorials to do with Russia, decided to keep theirs as the 40 years of communism was part of their history.
    The Red Army Memorial was quite an impressive Memorial set in the gardens surrounded by red Tulip flowers. The Memorial has the names of Russian soldiers on it. It is there in memory of the
    liberation of Prešov by the Soviet Red Army in January 1945. Prešov sustained serious damage during air raids and surprisingly, it was the Red Army who bombed the town. More than 500 houses were destroyed or damaged.

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    NEPTUNE'S FOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Written Feb 2, 2014

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    Neptune's fountain is located in a lovely small park opposite the city hall .
    It started out as one of ten cisterns which supplied utility water to the citizens of Prešov until late 19th century.
    Now there is a story to tell.
    In the past, [from 1530] Jewish people were not very welcome in Prešov. Then, in the 18th century, businessman & Jew "Mark Hollander" was given permission to settle in the main street of Presov.

    In gratitude of this amazing decision, he had Neptune's Fountain built in the square. It is a lovely fountain which happened to be working. Water was spouting out the mouths of the Frogs, Tortoise and Crocodile, I can't remember what the last animal was.
    There was plenty of seating surrounding the fountain, and on a lovely sunny day like the day I visited, people and children were enjoying the area.

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    THE BISHOP'S PALACE

    by balhannah Written Feb 2, 2014

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    My walk along the main street of Presov, brought me to the Bishop's Palace, a part of the complex of the Greek-Catholic [uniate] church and other buildings.

    Jozef Gaganec, the second bishop of Prešov, in 1848 was able to have built the current two-storey palace with its Classicist façade and large cupola built.

    The Bishop's Palace and the temple were damaged during the Soviet air raid during WWII, so after the war, rebuilding commenced.
    The buildings were given to the Orthodox Church in 1950 when the state authorities decided to eliminate the Uniate Church in Czech Republic. The bishop's palace became a seat of the Prešov Orthodox Church's Archbishop up to 1990. Since 1990, it is the seat of the bishop of the Greek Catholic Church in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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    Look around

    by sopel Written Dec 19, 2005

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    For sure you have to visit the tower of St. Nicolaus church. You will see the panorama of city which is really nice(with Slanske mountains). The gotic church itself is worth to see. Other churches to see-greek catholic church, ortodox church. And don't miss the synagogue. It's beatiful with museum inside. To mention is also old building of Zaborsky theatre.

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    Spissky Hrad

    by maltese24 Written May 17, 2005

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    A few kilometres outside the city of Presov (around 30 minutes by car) one can find this amazing castle. This is the largest castle in Slovakia. It was founded in 1209, wrecked by the Tatars in the 13th century and reconstructed in the 15th century. Although the castle burnt down in 1780, the ruins and the site are spectacular.

    The highest enclosure contains a round Gothic tower, a cistern, a chapel and a rectangular Romanesque palace perched over the abyss. Instruments of torture are exhibited in the dungeon.

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