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SK: Liptovsky Mikulas – The Town of Olympic Winners and More II

Published: 22.10.2015
Last week we started our tour in the historical core of Liptovsky Mikulas, the alleged entrance gate to the Liptov Region. Despite bad weather, we saw many sights and places we tell you about today.

Right the first sight we saw was the St Nicholas church. Located on Osvoboditelu square, this Gothic structure was built in 1280 on the foundations of much older edifice. A church used to be there even before Liptovsky Mikulas (at least according to historical written sources). In has changed its looks through the times, perhaps most important one happened in the 18th century when the church saw a Baroque renovation. Upon entering inside we noticed details dating to the Middle-Ages, wall paintings, and an altar in the Gothic revival style. We sat for a while to enjoy even more the mysterious atmosphere of this place.

Liptovský Mikuláš – St Nicholas church

When we continue to other sacral buildings, we shouldn’t leave out the evangelic church in the Classicist style, the Jewish synagogue , the former Jesuit cloister which hosts the Environmental Protection and Speleology museum. Another place worth your visit, is the former Catholic House once a parish and the birth house of the composer and author of Kovac Wienland, the first Slovakian opera,– Jána Levoslav Belly. We, however, were interested in the square lined with townsmen houses dating to the Renaissance, Baroque and Classicist periods. As the architectonic styles changes so do their façade colors making an extraordinary view to look at.

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In the center of the square you can find the late-Baroque Zhupa house, today the district office building. Behidn it, the interesting Metamorphosis fountain stands as some kind of honor to famous persons born in Liptovsky Mikulas. The main lpace is occupied by the statue of the professor and inventor Aurel Stodola, a teacher of Alber Einstein. The fountain is a popular spot for water sprinkling around as well as for its artistic design.

Liptovský Mikuláš - fontána Metamorfózy

We also saw the so called Pongrácovska Curia , the second oldest building in the town. They say Juraj Janosik’s tribunal happened there, but other sources say it happened in a municipal building nearby. In the present, the latter is the residency of the Koloman Sokol Center which displays the best works of this significant Slovakian graphic designer and painter. Another place we found interesting was the Strauss House, which hosts the Museum of Janko Kral.

Liptovský Mikuláš - former Zhupa house

The building known as the Black Eagle is also worth paying a visit. It used to be an inn with theater. This place was the center to social life in the city and also a place where many historical events happened. One of the was declaration of unity which a state designed by the Czechs and Slovaks. Today, it hosts a library and Liptovske Museum’s exhibition halls.

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You can take a walk in green parks, or if you want to do some sports to Ondrej Cibak’s Whitewater Slalom Center on the Vah. It is the oldest sports center of its kind in Slovakia, or just visit one of the shopping malls.

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We learned that we were in the town of Olympic winners. This name of honor was given to Liptovsky Mikulas by the Slovak Olympic Committee in 2004. It is the only Slovakian town that has two Olympic winners (Michal Martikán and Elena Kaliská), two world champions in hockey (Jerguš Bača and Marek Uram), the winner of the Stanley Cup (Martin Cibák) and many other exceptional sportsmen. People like Janko Alexy, Martin Rázus, Janko Král and many more made Liptovsky Mikulas the cener of cultural and social life in the region. It is fun, enchanting and we will most certainly return to the town in the future.

GPS: 49°04'59.8"N 19°36'44.4"E

 

Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút



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