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.
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.
The city was the first in Europe to be granted its own coat-of-arms.
By Beth Daley, Europeana Foundation