Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

HISTORY TALKS...

Príslop

SLOVAKIA'S most eastern territory, Zemplín, has never enjoyed peace for long. First, Turks roamed this part of the country, then soldiers during the anti-Habsburg uprisings. Zemplín's citizens eventually migrated to Dolná zem (what is now Hungary) and later to America.

Click to enlarge.

SLOVAKIA'S most eastern territory, Zemplín, has never enjoyed peace for long. First, Turks roamed this part of the country, then soldiers during the anti-Habsburg uprisings. Zemplín's citizens eventually migrated to Dolná zem (what is now Hungary) and later to America.

Slovaks returning from America played a significant role in moving this poor region forward. This progress was mirrored in the architecture. During the 20th century, people lived in grimy houses without chimneys and together with animals. Roofs were often made from cane or straw, as we can see in this postcard from the 1920s, while walls were from stone, clay or wood. Americans brought back not only money but new experiences. This was also how houses similar to those now emerged in Zemplín for the first time.

The women on the postcard are processing hemp, from which they later manufactured linen.


Prepared by Branislav Chovan

Top stories

Crematorium in Bratislava is an architectural revelation Photo

Those who have experienced farewells in other crematoria know what makes it special. Now the best work by the architect Ferdinand Milučký is getting a monograph

Crematorium in Bratislava by architect Ferdinand Milučký

What kind of expectations do some Slovaks have for world leaders?

Among EU member states, opinions of the United States declined in all but two — Poland (which makes some sense) and Slovakia (which does not).

Donald Trump

Crates and boxes. Slovaks discover new ways of grocery shopping

Farmer’s boxes are gaining customers in Slovakia as people slowly become more conscious about quality and the origin of the food they eat.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 19 and January 28, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Scandi 4