Košice (town monument reserve)

Location: Košický kraj, Košice

GPS: N48°43'16'' E21°15'32''

KOŠICE became the metropolis of East Slovakia and the second largest city of Slovakia. Historical core of the town is the largest town monument reserve of Slovakia. The dominant of the town is the monumental Gothic Cathedral of St. Elisabeth, which is the biggest church of Slovakia and the easternmost situated Gothic cathedral of western type in Europe.

Special attention in the cathedral must be paid to the main altar of St Elisabeth built in the years 1474-1477. It contains the biggest European set of 48 Gothic table paintings. In front of the northern walls of the Cathedral of Košice stands what was originally Urbanova veža tower built in the 14th century. The Urbans tower and the chapel of St. Michael, former charnel house, from the end of the 14th century, which stands in front of the southern side of the Cathedral of St. Elisabeth form together a complete unique Gothic set of the monuments.

The area between the Cathedral and the theatre is a very lively place above all in summer. Its main attraction is the singing fountain.

The southern part of the Hlavné námestie square provides the first opportunity to see the medieval town fortifications of Košice. Entering the basement one can see reconstructed foundations of the Dolná brána gate, which is now used as an unconventional gallery and concert hall.

The symbol of Košice is also the statue of the Marathon Runner. It reminds that the International Peace Marathon is organised in Košice every year in autumn since 1924. It is one of the oldest marathons in the world.

In one of the museums there is the famous Golden Hoard of Košice displayed. The overall weight of the hoard is 11 kilograms. The unique collection of golden coins comes of 81 mints of Europe. The majority of coins are from the 15th to 17th centuries.

Source: Vydavateľstvo DAJAMA