SK, Liptovsky Mikulas – Namesti Zadosti Slovenskeho Naroda Square
The relatively recently built Square Zadosti Slovenskeh Naroda (founded on December 1, 2010) is accessible from Osvoboditelu square, the central square in the town, by going down 1 Kvetna street. By Tranoscius book store turn to a small street close to Metamorfozy fountain. This street then takes you Tranovska street. It is only a bit from here to the very square.
The evangelical church is the main sight on Namesti Zadosti Slovenskeho Naroda square. Built between the years 1783 and 1785, this classicist structure had a tower added later. Inside, there is a later-Baroque altar decorated with Holy Trinity and Apostle reliefs. In addition to that, there is a paiting depicting Christ on the cross, crystal chandeliers, massive wooden benches, and several memorial plates. In front of the church entrance, there are statues of two important preachers - Michal Miloslav Hodza and Juraj Tranovsky.
In close proximity to the church, there is an old evangelical parish. It was built three years after the church was finished. The priest Milan Miloslav Hodza. This parish soon became a center of Slovak nationalism, an the venue for the greatest figures of the Stur generation. Later, Tatrin club would be founded here (1844) and Zadosti Slovenskeho Naroda (the Demands of the Slovakian Nation), the very first political program of the Slovaks was written here (1848).
This important reminder has been preserved until the present. Memorial boards and museum exhibitions remind visitors of this act and related documents, books, reports, or photographs. Contemporary furniture and original portraits of important nationalists take you back to the 1840s. The Janek Kral Museum administer this exhibition.
Opposite to the parish, there is quite an interesting building – Liptov Gallery of Peter Michal Bohun. Founded in 1955, it is the third oldest institution of its kind in Slovakia. The gallery is housed in the former evangelical school. However, its current state is a result of a reconstruction in the 1970s.
Upon entering the gallery, entire world of art opens up before you. Here you may see paintings, drawings, reliefs, graphic art, or photography all scattered across four permanent expositions. At first you will walk through old Gothic-like art only to enter 19th century art mostly showcasing the work of P. M. Bohun. Then you enter the 20th century and its take on modern visual art. The tour concludes with a look at the most important figures of the 20th century art. Featured names include Alexy, Katona, Bazovsky, Kral, Sokol, Hloznik, Benka, Galanda, Kulich, Fulla etc.
Next to permanent exhibitions, some temporary events take place here. Workshops, vernissages, film screenings, concerts and other social events take place here. An amazing garden stretches around the gallery. Visitors can rest here and also contemplate on art.
Before the gallery, there are two statues by Alois Strobl. Our Mother statue is considered a masterpiece of 19th century Hungarian naturalism in the art of sculpture. Louvre, Paris listed it among the best staues in the wolrd. Hence, take a good look at this exact copy.
Our visit to Liptovsky Mikulas was once again an amazing and enriching experience. For this very reason, we highly recommend you to visit this town and Namesti Zadosti Slovenskeho Naroda square for this place is an ideal spot to get some deeper understanding of the Slovak nation. It is also a place of tranquility healthy for your soul.
Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút
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