SK, Nitra I – Mother of Slovakia
Today we visit city called the mother of all Slovakian cities- Nitra. We decided to spend some number of days in this city to learn about it as much as possible. It is spread over seven hills, and has magnificent nature, sights, and interesting history.
At the point from where we would start our hikes, we secured an accommodation in the city center for pretty good money. We packed all our things and set off. An hour later, we were reached building blocks, sacral buildings, Nitransky Castle and hills, z nichž dominoval Zobor s pyramidovým vysílačem, který je pro Nitru typickým symbolem, což dokumentuje i jeho zapracování do městského loga.
All of a sudden we found ourselves on a place that Prehistoric people fell in love with some thousands of years ago. Evidence for this are archeological findings. 6000 years ago, first settlements of the then farmers were founded. The first scribed note comes from a document about Christianization of the Bavarians and Carenthenians in 828. Nitra is mentioned as the place of Pribina’s church consecration.
Upon accommodation, we walked on places where the patrons of Europa - St Cyril and St Method spread Christianity in Slavic language. On this place was founded the oldest monastery in Slovakia, where we can find the so called Zoborske documents – the oldest documents from the territory ruled by dukes Pribina andSvatopluk. Also, there was founded the oldest diocese.
We had more than enough ahead of us. Therefore, we went for an adventure to learn about our roots. After first walk in the city center, we realized that Nitra has had an important position. In 1248, Bela IV gifted the city royal privileges which made it spiritual, economical, cultural, and educational center. It also became a symbol of distinctiveness of Slovak nation when it sought self-determination.
This time we could observe interesting contrast of modern and old. On one hand, there was a historical sight – Nitransky Castle with its cathedral and Vazulova Tower, beautiful Nitran churches – on the other hand there were nice parks, interesting and one of the newest theatre buildings - Andrej Bagar Theatre , a futuristic building of Slovak Agricultural University, or monumental shopping mall .
During our walks we have learned that Nitra is a city of young people, beautiful places, and great food. We thematically split our trip destinations. Next week we will tell you what we experienced on our way to Nitransky Castle.
Text and photo: Oskar Mažgút
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We woke up fresh and met with others in the hotel’s hall. We talked about the trip we had done yesterday when we saw sacral structures, and we planned the trip for the present day that would take us to the Nitra calvary.
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