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Pezinok

.THE SMALL-Carpathian town of Pezinok is over 700 years old and has a long tradition of winemaking and gold mining.
This picture shows the town's main square as it was in the 1920s.



THE SMALL-Carpathian town of Pezinok is over 700 years old and has a long tradition of winemaking and gold mining.

This picture shows the town's main square as it was in the 1920s.

Lying only a few kilometres from Bratislava the town has witnessed happy and hard times alike.

Vast vineyards surrounding the town became a source of wealth: their owners from Bratislava or Trnava paid well. The vines yielded their harvest, and the standard of living in the town grew.

However, this brought envy and attacks from Pezinok's neighbours.

Palatine Štefan Illesházy from Svätý Jur started the attacks against the town. Count Mikuláš Pálffy from Červený kameň castle carried them on.

The Pezinok locals sought safety directly from the royal court.

There was a terrible incident in Pezinok when in 1529 all the town's 30 adult Jews were burned to death because of the alleged ritual murder of a Christian boy.


By Branislav Chovan,
Special to the Spectator

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