The city KOICE (population 235,300) on the Hornád river on the western edge of the Koická kotlina basins has a long and agitated history and its present is also dynamic. It has been the most important town of the region for centuries and a natural centre of trade, culture, and education.
The medieval town of Koice was founded approximately on the half way from the Abbey to the castle. The first written mention of its existence is from 1230. In the first historical documents it was referred to as Villa Cassa, later the in Latin Cassovia, German Kaschau, Hungarian Kassa, and the Slovak Koice.
The town citizens acquired important privileges of the royal borough in 1342. The date of 7 May 1369 is especially important for the town because it received, the document of coat of arms signed by the king as the first European town,. Today it is celebrated as the Day of Koice. In the 15th century Koice with its 7 thousand inhabitants became the second biggest town of the Kingdom of Hungary following Buda and Bratislava.
The 20th century has dramatically changed the town of Koice although the motifs were mostly political. The town was included in the new state formations: on the last day of 1918 it was included in the newly formed Czechoslovak Republic; in 1938 it was annexed by Horthys Hungary for more than six years.
In April 1945 the Czechoslovak Government met for the first time on homeland ground and issued the document known as the Koice Programme of the Government treating the after-war arrangement of the free Republic.
MONUMENTS - Cathedral of St. Elisabeth
Almost all monuments of Koice are concentrated in the historical core of the town, size of which makes it the biggest Town Monument Reserve of Slovakia. The spindle-shaped Hlavné námestie square of Koice is the heart of the town and rightly considered one of the most beautiful squares in Slovakia. It is closed to traffic and skirted by numerous wonderful historical buildings. The most valuable monuments are situated in its centre. The dominant of the square and the town is the monumental Gothic Cathedral of St. Elisabeth. This building, rather isolated from the rest of the square, is the largest church of Slovakia and the easternmost situated Gothic cathedral of western type in Europe.
Its longitudinal axis is 60.5 m and its transversal axis is 39.5 m long. The northern tower of the dome is 58.5 m tall. Construction of the church proceeded under the royal supervision in several stages from 1380 while some assert that it is still not finished. Originally, the church was designed as a five-nave basilica. Under the pressure of natural disasters and wars the resulting form was different; it became the five-nave dome with crossed nave.
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mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-06-05 0:56
Hello George! Fantastic perspective. Wonderful cathedral. Very interesting sculpture. Nice scene. Good colors. Original work. Good luck!
snunney (86342) 2008-06-05 1:51
You present us with a beautiful perspective looking down this colourful street towards this ancient cathedral. The people add a nice touch of vitality. Superb light, colours and clarity.
dareco (17134) 2008-06-05 2:04
This cathedral is breathtaking!! So detailed!! All of the colors and the lighting are excellent. Very nice pov. A really beautiful picture! TFS
syd1946 (18663) 2008-06-05 2:26
Splendid composition and architecture shot!I think the choice of the pov works so well and give us this great perspective and form.Very well seen!
Have a nice day,
carper (96) 2008-06-05 2:32
very nice perspective here George,
nice pov, good details and fine lines, very good photojob I like it, have a good day.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2008-06-05 2:58
The prospect is beautiful and interesting. I like the contrast of the old patinated stones of the cathedral and the perfect and coloured frontages. A very beautiful work on Slovakia.
Have a nice day
Buin (42350) 2008-06-05 3:09
A beautiful architecture here. The facade of the church at the end of the street looks great and especially this belfry really is uncommon and very beautiful. I like these strong colours here.
Greetings from summerly Germany!
ChrisJ (100662) 2008-06-05 3:45
Superb use of diminishing linear perspective & lead in lines with the bg church nicely positioned on the vanishing point. Good sharpness, colour & contrast. Tfs!
Jeppo (17645) 2008-06-05 3:57
Interesting note. good POV with excellent depth and colours
portmanndominic (2400) 2008-06-05 4:21
superbe perspective que tu nous donne à voir aujourdhui , tres originale belles couleurs et une note utile
parbo (11092) 2008-06-05 5:45
Colorful facades creates splendid scene and great perspective while leading us to Cathedral of St. Elisabeth's rich facade that full with ornaments. Excellent addition of visitors as usual way in your photos but here also with statues. Very good composed under blue sky, congratulations.
Greg1949 (9011) 2008-06-05 5:48
George, very nice capture, the perspective is truly inviting. The color and detail of course are great but the people un and down the frame are a wonderful scaling tool, the cathedral appears hughe and inposing. Great capture.
John_F_Kennedy (43173) 2008-06-05 6:04
It's a wonderful shot - very well composed. I like how the road leads to the chruch. Well done.
izmirli (3987) 2008-06-05 6:05
merhaba dear george
wonderful lovely colours and houses.excellent street and interesting church.good composition.well done my friend.
greetings from Istanbul.
jurek1951 (42160) 2008-06-05 9:45
Very nice perpective and well taken picture , excellent POV and details, nice architecture,
Photo65Net (43120) 2008-06-05 10:18
Amazing perspective here.
I like a lot how you framed the walls on right and left part of the picture.
ifanik (21679) 2008-06-05 10:48
Hi my friend George
Very beautiful picture with nice colours and POV
I like the prespective in this photo
hay_kes (30448) 2008-06-05 11:51
What a beautiful place vith great POV and colours, beautifull perspective.TFS.
Have a nice day,
jonathan_hart (21274) 2008-06-05 13:36
interestig view with the perspective of the building on the borders which leads our eyes to the cathedral
Scharan (14144) 2008-06-05 19:57
Muito bonita esta foto mostrando a Catedral ao fundo. Boa perspectiva, cores, luz e sombras.
Graal (98630) 2008-06-05 23:28
Jó napot George,
an interesting place in Kosice, nice view on the cathedral. Fine composition, good informations and Your work. I like it.
Hellas (6845) 2008-06-06 0:05
Very good job, George! Thanks to the viewpoint the perspective is terrificly good! Terrific, sharp details of texture, pattern and structure. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Have a nice weekend my friend,
dip (23640) 2008-06-06 3:57
beautiful image with great perspective and nice colors,
good lightness and interesting view of the cathedral,
COSTANTINO (57208) 2008-06-06 5:35
fantastic perspective.fantastic presentation
bravo to you and to your ideas...
THIS work and this composition are really great,
siolaw (38290) 2008-06-06 7:20
Nice prespective enhanced by the slight lens distortion and also excellent light control with both sides of the street well exposed. Colors and sharpness are fine too...
rigoletto (34269) 2008-06-07 1:31
Slovakia is a small jewel, rarely presented in TE. It is a great chance to have your photos from here. Just like this one, you present the beauties in perfect light and POV. TFS,
aadilj (18102) 2008-06-07 2:00
That ffels like I am standing there in the middle all by myself and looking at the world through your eyes. The imapct is dramatic, colourful, bright, vibrant and energetic. You sure are a great photographer
leo61 (0) 2008-06-07 8:00
Great POV and good perspective.The overallsharpness is fantastic.I like how the houses at both sides leads the eyes to this wonderful cathedral.
hatti52 (12786) 2008-06-08 0:45
wonderful perspective and excellent light management
Tue (27696) 2008-06-08 3:22
A lovely capture of this charming town. The street with its colourful houses leads the eye so well to the impressive facade of the cathedral. The light was also perfect. Nice inclusion of the people too. Very good photo work!
jemaflor (86574) 2008-06-08 11:32
Very nice perspective with these lines, great resukt for depth and well taken these colours of these frontages, nice street.
Bluejeans (64249) 2008-06-12 5:35
Que magnifica rua com umas casas de arquitectura lindíssima , a igreja e fabulosa com belíssimos detalhes , gostei muito do ângulo de visão , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
sacavem (18614) 2008-06-12 8:10
Um bonito postal desta praça na Eslováquia.Esta Catedral tem muitos traços iguais ao que se pode observar em Portugal nos mesmos monumentos.Bom mix de cores e uma luminosidade muito boa.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-03-23
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Picturesque Kosice [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-06-05 0:40