When I arrived to Trnava I had impression it is small, but very historical town. Small area has a big number of churches, most of them, central ones, are mentioned in my Things to Do tips.
Most of them are Baroque style, so it returns me memories about Vilnius, it has a similar situation.
Trnava has not only many churches, but also some buildings, used as monasteries, other religious purposes.
Prosim - please
Pivo - beer
Dakujem - thank you
Dobry - good
Dobry den - good day
Dobredenia - goodbye
Ahoj - hello and goodbye
Dobry rano - good morning
Dobry Vecer - good evening
Dobry Nacer - good night
Kuracie - chicken
Bravcove - Pork
I apologise for spelling mistakes and lack of accent marks - I do not have them easily accessible on my computer.
Favorite thing: The ice-cream was so good and so cheap in Trnava that we feasted on the stuff. It cost 7 SKK for a cone with one scoop (that's about 0.2 Euro). The town places be bought it from were near the town square. One was Radnicka Cukaren on Hlavna, the other was a small shop near the Church of St. James.
Favorite thing: Anton Bernolak was very famous person living in this town. He is responsible for cultural development and first serious attempt to codify Slovak language and this priest took the grammar and other linguistic base of the "codified" language from western part of country. It wasn't successful, because most of the Slovaks living in the Central and Eastern part weren't able to understand it properly. Except that he and his companion established Slovenske ucene tovarisstvo what was a kind of companion that released books in this form of language. So, his statue is somekind a dominant of the town easily found near the fortification walls. You also can have a rest in nice park surrounding this statue.
Favorite thing: The Main Street i full of shops and cafes, hidden restaurants in the arcads but mainly it is leading street to the Trinity Square. You cannot get lost at all. When coming by train it is simple access from the railway station just go straight away :) like all other people do and finally you are there :)
Favorite thing: The centre of Trnava is captive of fortification walls which protected it in the history. Nowadays inhabitants like to walk in nearby park and just enjoy their time. In one part of the park there is also the statue of Anton Bernolak, founder of first Codification of Slovak language.
Favorite thing: Another nice church in the center near Trinity Square. However, Trnava is called Slovak Rome so you can see here many churches. Around 70 000 inhabitants can choose almost all kinds of church and they are really proud of them and take care of them very much. Pope John Paul II has visited this center of Church and he was really surprised and liked it very much, too.
Favorite thing: This little square is typical old center in Trnava and in summer it is favourite spot of inhabitants. There is a small park near the Arcibishop's residence and when sitting in the park you can enjoy the view on other great dominant of Trnava - Cathedral of Saint Nicholas. In the nearby buildings used to settle important administrative organs and in the one of them was also born the arcibishop of Zagreb. Recent arcibishop still use the residence and his name is Jan Sokol.
The base of this site was the Inn of Black Eagle somewhen in 17th century. Then in around 1830 there was a project of reconstruction made by architect Gruenn and the plan was to put there not just inn but also a concert hall and theatre. The first Slovak performance was played in 1869. The facade was redesigned at the end of the 19th century. The mirror hall Pannonia was erected in 1907. Around 548 spectators could join the plays however nowadays there should be less ..around 400 but in all comfort. Under the Secession segmented coat of arms is written Latin inscription. Present day interior was made in 1960 and there was used special durable material.
Many of the famous Slovak actors and actresses began their carreer right here in this theatre.
It is situated on the Trinity Square next to the Municipal Tower.
Favorite thing: As all town halls I think this is laso one of them that is not one building in general. This is connected from three parts of the buildings, the main one, then a barocco house at the corner and chaple. The basement of the site is dated from Middle Ages but during the period of classicism around year 1791 there had been a great reconstruction. It is situated on the Main street and decorate the center of Trnava :)
Favorite thing: The Municipal Tower is one of the dominant sightseens in Trnava and zou can see it on every little piece connected to this town, in restaurant menus, postcards or so. This almost 57 m tall renesance sightseen has 8 floors and was built in 1574. There are sun clocks and the peak of the tower is decorated by golden-like sculpture of Immaculata. Once upon a time there lived families of bellfound and as we were told once there should live 14 members of family in one room. So unbelievable ...
Favorite thing: There is a synagoge near the centre. Trnava as Slovak Rome has not just catholic churches and this one also proves this fact. Right behind the synagoge is that cute little park to have a rest there :)
Favorite thing: Univerzitny kostol (The Church of University) is just some streets from the St. Nicolaus Cathedral and this one is built in baroque. It is very rich decorated and worth to see. However, I like the other one more because there is much more light than here.
Favorite thing: Trinity Square is the heart of center and there you can easily find department store, many cafes and also the tower where you can go upstairs and view Trnava on your hand. :) I just like the statue of this Square and the fragment is on the picture.
Trnava has its special atmosphere and I like to go there very much. People are friendly and smiling, architecture is great and it is important point of the map of Slovakia. It is just around 50 kms far away from Bratislava so you can make a trip there by train or bus very easily. ;)
Fondest memory: I have found there many nice friends and sitting in cafes or clubbing with them is really great. And however I am a student there so there is thousands of nice memories :)
The next tip is next to this gate :)