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MR Štefánik returns home after 100 years

THE MILAN Rastislav Štefánik Museum opened a new exposition on October 12 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the great patriot's birth that displays some of his personal belongings.

Štefánik's bicycle.
photo: Courtesy of SNM

THE MILAN Rastislav Štefánik Museum opened a new exposition on October 12 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the great patriot's birth that displays some of his personal belongings.

The exposition is located at Štefánik's birthplace, the Košariská vicarage near Brezová pod Bradlom, and evokes the atmosphere of his Paris apartment and the time period in which this noteworthy statesman lived. Around 200 original artefacts - such as furniture, everyday items, artworks and clothes - tell of his life from its birth to its tragic end in a plane crash.

Štefánik (1880-1919) signifi-cantly helped to shape the future of the Slovak nation after the the collapse of the Habsburg monarchy. The various exhibited items are proof of his many interests. They show Štefánik as a

The exhibited items introduce Štefánik through his many interests.
photo: Courtesy of SNM

scientist, astronomer, traveller and art collector.

One rarity being exhibited is a bicycle from the 19th century. It serves as proof of Štefánik's well-known interest in technical devices.

Limited space prevented organizers from presenting every phase and aspect of this prolific personality's life, but visitors can discover much of this information for themselves. A newly-built electronic studio enables anyone to browse through the individual periods of Štefánik's life, complete with written documents and photographs.

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