Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

HISTORY TALKS...

Sliač


THIS PICTURESQUE spa town, shown here in the 1920s, does not look like people could ever have been afraid of it, but the opposite was true.

Click to enlarge.

THIS PICTURESQUE spa town, shown here in the 1920s, does not look like people could ever have been afraid of it, but the opposite was true.

The town's boggy meadows once gave off enough carbon dioxide to cause animals to die for what seemed like no reason and filled the air with a mysterious smell. But several centuries have lapsed, and a nice spa is located there now.

People went to Sliač to treat diseases of the heart and veins. Somewhat surprisingly, it attracted personalities from around Europe. A visit from Archduke Joseph of the Habsburgs, who spent a whole month there with his wife in 1823, helped raise the spa's profile a lot. The Hungarian revolutionary Lajos Kossuth went there to heal his war wounds. The Austrian playwright Franz Grillparzer and Czech writer Božena Němcová were there as well.

This spa close to Banská Bystrica is still worth a visit.


Prepared by Branislav Chovan

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

We want a decent Slovakia, people chanted in squares

On the eve of the Velvet Revolution anniversary, people protested in the thousands, calling for a decent Slovakia.

Bratislava protest November 16, 2018

What we didn't know about our freedom

In 1989, we thought that once the job was done, we would only go out to the squares for Sunday walks.

November 1989 in Bratislava

Bratislava gets a taste of international poetry Video

The international poetry festival Ars Poetica will host poetry readings and other performances at various sites in the city.

Camilla Nelson

UPDATED: Denník N: Danko is a plagiarist

The daily analysed the thesis identical to that of Parliament's Speaker Andrej Danko to find it was copied from textbooks. Danko does not plan to resign, he wants to wait for the stance of a special commission.

Speaker of Parliament Andrej Danko