» SK: Liptovsky Mikulas – The Town of Olympic Winners and More II
SK: Liptovsky Mikulas – The Town of Olympic Winners and More II
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Infoglobe website in the cooperation with the town of Liptovsky Mikulas, organizes the first annual Infofest international travel festival, which will take place on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of July on Namesti Osvoboditelu and in Liptovsky Mikulas convention center.
In region of Upper Liptov , on a way across the Low Tatras through the Certovica klippe, you should stop in the picturesque village of Vysna Boca. Awaiting you is an exhibition at the Miner´s Museum that has preserved traditional village buildings and beautiful surrounding nature, possibilities of hiking in the mountains and skiing.
Every Slovak, if you happen to be in Central Slovakia, logically recommends a trip to Banska Stiavnica. However, its bigger "sister" and the natural metropolis of the region - Banska Bystrica deserve attention as well. Let's get together to explore it.
Boulder valley cut deep between the Cerne Mountains and Ostry Mountain in the Chocske Mountains is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful valleys in Slovakia. In addition, there are two unique Oblazy water mills in its upper part.
For the second year in a row, the Infoglobe web magazine in cooperation with the town of Liptovský Mikuláš organize the Infofest international travel festival, which will take place on Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th of July in the Namesti osvoboditelov square and in the House of Culture in the town Liptovský Mikuláš.
There soon will be spring. And a new tourist season as well. Please accept our invintation for this slightly difficult yet beautiful climb to one of the most beautiful summits in Slovakia – Velky Choc.
On this day, we visit Namesti Zadosti Slovenskeho Naroda, a square in Liptovsky Mikulas quite hidden from sight. On this small piece of land adjacent to historic center of the city, significant historic events took place.
Namesti Zadosti Slovenskeho Naroda square was the place we visited previously. Back then, we already noticed the Slovakian Museum of Enviromental Protection and Caves.
Today we visit one of the most interesting towns in Liptov. It is interesting for its history, art, architecture, and nature. The town we talk about is Liptovsky Jan. The town is set in the mouth of Janska Valley at the Nizke Tatry.
We returned to our car upon a walk in Liptovsky Mikulas. Before we set off to see other destinations of our trip we took a look into the map. Other two places appeared interesting enough to visit them.
Couple of kilometers from Liptovsky Hradok, a town we saw last week, there is Liptovsky Mikulas – a district town, social and cultural center of the Liptov region. Today we take a tour in this town.
After our visit in Kalameny village we remain in the Liptov region. We move couple of kilometers to the smallest town of Liptov. It is rich, however, on natural, cultural and historical sights. The town we talk about is Liptovsky Hradok.
Our vacation got little bit ugly due to cold and rainy weather. This was why our initial goal was almost abandoned. We wanted to enjoy biking and walks in beautiful nature.
The actions of local museum influence even the present. There are many lectures on various subjects, educational and memorial programs, workshops and classes of traditional handcrafts.
After a week we are back to Liptov. This time I will not tempt the no crazy adrenaline games, on the contrary, I invite you to the museum. But not just any do! Underground beneath the towers, as this tiny museum in Liptovsky Jan name, conceals an engaging exhibition that will introduce you to a life full of coins from birth in the depths of the earth after its birth in the mint.
After a visit in a small yet very interesting museum called the Underground below the Towers in Liptovsky Jan. The museum is focused on coins from their very beginnings deep below surface until they are actually made in the mint. We quickly moved from Janska Valley to see this. The guide from Stanisovska Cave had been waiting for us there.
If you belong to those who cannot imagine a summer without swimming and having fun in the water and you do not like crowded swimming pools or water parks and rather prefer swimming in lakes, ponds, rivers or ponds, you certainly know Liptovska Mara.
The Liptov region in central Slovakia is very diverse. Every year it lures many visitors. It is thanks to its beautiful nature, very diverse in fact. Except for tourist and bicycle trails it has a lot of beauty left in the underground. There are also thermal springs or you can learn a lot of about history there. Also people loving adrenaline will enjoy it.
If you will travel through north road-line from west to the east of Slovakia (or vice versa) and will not be in a hurry, and would like to reflect on, which sightseeings will be worth to visit (or where you wish to have a rest for relax), so we have one reference for you: would you leave the highway at exit Liptovsky Hrádok and drive in direction to Pribylina.
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