The (St.) Urban Tower (Slovak: Urbanova vea) in Koice, Slovakia is originally a Gothic prismatic campanile with a pyramidal roof. It was erected in the 14th century.
A church bell installed in the tower has been dedicated to Saint Urban, the patron of vine-dressers. The bell was cast in a mould by the bell-founder Franciscus Illenfeld of Olomouc in 1557. Its weight is 7 tones.
In 1775 the pyramidal roof was constructed with annion in the Baroque style with an iron double cross. An archade passage was erected around the tower in 1912. There are 36 old gravestones (coming from the 14th and 15th centuries, one of these comes from the Roman Empire and dates back to the 4th century) bricked into the exterior walls of the St. Urban Tower.
In 1966 the tower was damaged by fire and the St. Urban Bell was destroyed as well. The reconstructed tower was reopened in 1971. The renovated bell was located in the front of the tower and a copy of the bell (made by Moravian family Dytrych in 1996) was installed in the campanile.
The East Slovak Museum set up an impressive exhibition of foundrywork in the tower after the reconstruction in 1977. It was removed in 1995. Today, there is a unique wax museum exhibition in the tower.
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 In the first historical documents it was referred to as Villa Cassa, later the in Latin Cassovia, German Kaschau, Hungarian Kassa, and the Slovak Koice.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.
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aadilj (18102) 2008-06-09 0:23
This is so well bathed in sunlight. I like the impact and the way the liht highlights the tones and textures of the architecture. Great composition indeed with fine balance
vincz (19113) 2008-06-09 0:25
Very nice color and good balance in the compsotion. I lioke the bell on the floor!
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-06-09 0:35
Hello George! Wonderful place. Fantastic tower. Good POV, very good capture. Original work. Well done!
dareco (17134) 2008-06-09 0:39
Beautiful sharp color and lighting! A very pretty scene. I love the architecture. TFS and have a great day!
UnTrained (0) 2008-06-09 1:01
I like the good details on the architecture and the powerful tower directly inside. Good textures, colours and clarity. The composition is well planned with the trees left.
Have a nice week - Ich wünsche Dir eine gute Woche.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
snunney (107523) 2008-06-09 1:18
A fine composition of this beautiful architecture. The tower is nicely placed in the frame; whilst the whole scene benefits much from the lovely blue sky. I like the contrast between the tower and the news kiosk on the left. Superb colours and clarity.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2008-06-09 1:29
Beautiful image and beautiful story of this church. The photograph of excellent quality is of a high degree of accuracy, and it is a pleasure of seeing it with its imposing bell. Beautiful work.
Have a nice day
Paolo (41230) 2008-06-09 1:43
Amazing view, George, with that giant tower and a colorful composition.
excellent timing, POV and quality too.
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-06-09 1:45
Fine perspective of the St. Urban Tower in Kosice city. Nice colours as ususal and excellent sharpness.
TFS and have a nice week
danos (103216) 2008-06-09 1:54
nice the view of this Gothic prismatic campanile,that is well placed in the frame.I like the vivid colors and the brilliant light of the scene as the sharpness and the clarity too.Informative your note.
Have a nice week,Danos
ChrisJ (119085) 2008-06-09 2:08
Good graphism of the dark tower against the lighter blue sky, with superb colour saturation. Wonderful sharpness & contrast also. Tfs!
carper (96) 2008-06-09 2:29
very beautiful George,
good pov, nice composition and a good contrast, the shot is perfect, good photojob, with my compliments here, have a nice day.
John_F_Kennedy (43763) 2008-06-09 2:52
What excellent light and the colours are perfect. A beautiful image of the very nice architecture. Well done.
paura (46464) 2008-06-09 3:14
Very well compose photo to show this besautiful tower. The exposure settings, as the composition, are great.
asajernigan (21427) 2008-06-09 3:24
This is an excellent shot. Your composition is great with the off center placement of the tower. The lighting and colors are fine with nice sharpness and detail. The great blue sky forms a nice backdrop for the shot.
jjcordier (79297) 2008-06-09 3:40
Quel régal de pouvoir admirer toutes ces superbes photos de cette très belle ville!
TGULUMSER (13252) 2008-06-09 3:46
You captured a nice view with beautiful colors and POV,
kermit350 (9016) 2008-06-09 4:15
Hello George, very good point of view, and especially this beautiful lighting which hold here all my attention, a superb luminosity and very beautiful colors, or the light heats the stone and dopes the colors, the photograph lets appear the small place in all its splendour, with the pretty one details as the small kiosk as well as the vegetable part that you made well include within the framework, it is the copy of the bell which one distinguishes in front of the church, it seems posed for the only pleasure of the photographers, it is of good size just like the weight of 7 tons, one does not move it every day, sincerely ................Hello George, très bon point de vue, et surtout ce bel éclairage qui retiennent ici toute mon attention, une superbe luminosité et de très belles couleurs,
ou la lumière réchauffe la pierre et dope les couleurs, la photo laisse apparaître la petite place dans toute sa splendeur, avec de joli détaille comme le petit kiosque ainsi que la partie végétale que tu as bien fait dinclure dans le cadre, cest la copie de la cloche que lon distingue devant léglise, elle semble posée la pour le seul plaisir des photographes, elle est de bonne taille tout comme le poids de 7 tonnes, on ne la déplace pas tous les jours, bien amicalement
azaf1 (15929) 2008-06-09 5:25
Very detailed note and great compo. I like the strong vivid colors and your POV. The sun light creates beautiful side lines
izmirli (3989) 2008-06-09 7:38
merhaba dear george
excellent interesting church and tower.wonderful light and colours.well done my friend.
jurek1951 (42198) 2008-06-09 7:40
Very beautiful architectural view.Great colours and perspective.Beautiful sky.Well done.
ifanik (21679) 2008-06-09 9:14
Very beautiful place my friend and a very nice photo from you
Beautiful colours and very good note
Photo65Net (43120) 2008-06-09 11:20
A nice architecture catch here.
I like how you caught the size of the tower, in a balanced compo.
capthaddock (28790) 2008-06-09 19:43
Very pretty place and nice light, I like the bell at the bottom.
Graal (103038) 2008-06-09 23:24
an interesting tower and bell from Kosice. Good reportage. I like the colours and composition. Good documental shot. Well done.
clnaef (6289) 2008-06-10 4:48
Joli cadrage qui met bien en évidence la beauté de cette tour.
siolaw (38294) 2008-06-11 2:32
You have found good light, it gave vivid colors. the compo is good with off centering of the tower balanced by the little kiosk. Good quality picture.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-03-23
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Picturesque Kosice [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-06-09 0:16