Košice: European Capital of Culture 2013

Košice, Slovakia is the European Capital of Culture in 2013, along with Marseille in France. Let’s take a trip to the city through vintage photograph and postcards.

St Michael's Cathedral Chapel, Kosice, The European Library, public domain
St Michael’s Cathedral Chapel, Kosice, front, The European Library, public domain

Košice is Slovakia’s second city, after the capital Bratislava, with a population of 240,000. It is situated on the river Hornád at the eastern reaches of the Slovak Ore Mountains, near the border with Hungary.

Previously part of the Kingdom of Hungary and Austria-Hungary, it is Kassa in Hungarian and Cassovia in Latin.

The city has a well preserved historical centre, which is the largest of all Slovak towns. There are many heritage-protected buildings in Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Art Nouveau styles.

The city is also home to Saint Elisabeth Cathedral, Slovakia’s largest church.

Košice, The European Library, public domain
St Elisabeth Cathedral, Košice, front, The European Library, public domain

The city was the first in Europe to be granted its own coat-of-arms.

 Košice; Theatre, The European Library, Public Domain
Košice Theatre, front, The European Library, public domain

By Beth Daley, Europeana Foundation

6 thoughts on “Košice: European Capital of Culture 2013

  1. Hi Beth,
    thanks a lot for your post which I enjoyed reading very much!
    Would you have any information on the nominees for the Capitals of Culture for 2014?
    Thanks very much in advance!

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