Kosice, a taste of past and present

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While Bratislava is celebrated as Slovakia’s powerhouse when it comes to industry and trade, its sister city Kosice proves that competition makes the world even more exciting as it is slowly gaining ground with the potential of snatching Bratislava’s glory days due to its growing economy as seen in the mercantile establishments located within.

While it is slowly transforming to be one of Slovakia’s main cities, Kosice remains as a beautiful place that reminds the modern world about the splendor and extravagance of the medieval ages. Get to know this city more by travelling here and see its magnificence first hand.

Location

Kosice shares its fame with France’s city of Marseille since it was deemed as a European Capital of Culture back in 2013. The once quiet city is located on the eastern part of the Slovak Ore Mountains along Hornad River.

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It is surrounded by the nearby borders of Ukraine, Poland and Hungary. The city spans a total area of 93.7333 square miles with an approximate population of over 300,000 inhabitants.

Climate

Kosice has a climate classified by Koppen-Geiger as Dfb. Generally characterized by severe winters, no dry season and warm summers, the city is also situated near the cool temperate moist forest biome.

KOS03 - 20021115 - KOSICE, SLOVAKIA: Undated recent aerial view of the St. Elizabeth Cathedral in the town of Kosice, east Slovakia. EPA PHOTO / CTK / MARIA ZARNAYOVA

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Months between May and September have nice, average temperature. The warmest month is July while the coolest is January.

Transportation

Those who will come from Prague and Vienna can land at the International Kosice Airport. Others who will visit internationally can arrange a flight to Bratislava and from there and arrange transfers.

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Since the city is in Europe, it enjoys the luxury and accessibility from other major cities specifically via the Eurolines, which passes through 21 cities.

Attractions

The Forgach Palace

This two-story palace built during the 19th century is now a State Science Library. What makes this palace special is the fact that it holds some of the most important remnants of Rákóczi’s War.

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Mostly designed in Baroques style, this palace was owned and built by the Forgach family.

The Eastern-Slovakia Museum

This is one of the oldest libraries in all of Slovakia. Founded in 1872, be mesmerized by the beautiful architecture that makes up this center for learning that also turned out to be another interesting tourist destination.

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The neo-renaissance design is made even more captivating as it was paired with Perseus and Vulcan sculptures situated in the facade of the museum.

St. Elizabeth’s Cathedral

This gothic inspired cathedral was initially founded in 1230. Hailed as Slovakia’s biggest temple, this cathedral spans up to 5,600 square feet of space in total.

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Due to its age and other events that led to the cathedral’s destruction, it went through numerous renovations to preserve and improve its beauty and protect the history that it represents.

See More:

Visit Kocise:
http://www.visitkosice.eu/en/about-kosice

Kosice – A Tourist Guide:
http://www.kosice.info/

Images:
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(5) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/dd/Sz%C3%A9cs%C3%A9ny_-_The_Baroque_building_of_the_Palace_Forg%C3%A1ch.jpg
(6) http://web.vucke.sk/images/gallery/en-web/terra-incognita/vsm.jpg
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Aira Algado

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