SPECTACULAR SLOVAKIA PODCAST

Forget Romeo and Juliet. A Slovak Verona recounts a real-life love story

The love between Andrej and Marína was not meant to be.

Banka lásky or Love Bank in Banská Štiavnica, central Slovakia.Banka lásky or Love Bank in Banská Štiavnica, central Slovakia. (Source: TSS)

They were both young. He was her teacher, she was his student. And they fell for each other.

This is not a story of love between Romeo and Juliet. It is a real love story between Krupina-born poet Andrej Sládkovič and Marína Pišlová from Banská Štiavnica. It all happened in the 19th century but did not last forever.

Nevertheless, their love, which was born in Banská Štiavnica, lives on. Sládkovič wrote the longest love poem, named Marína, to show his love. Little did he know it was going to become a modern-day treasure.

Banská Štiavnica has become home to a love bank, which recounts Marína and Andrej’s story. It is housed in a special place and offers more than a story. People from all over the world store their tokens of love here.

Listen to Spectacular Slovakia podcast via:

The Spectacular Slovakia podcast is delivered every week to subscribers of The Slovak Spectator directly in their inboxes. For more information on online subscription, click here.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Spectacular Slovakia (travel podcast)

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

Meteorologists warn against low temperatures

In some areas the temperatures will drop to -8 degrees Celsius.

Illustrative stock photo

First details on potential postponement of instalments revealed

Limit on contactless payments may change as well.

Illustrative stock photo

PM wants Slovakia to be an island of hope for Europe, carmakers prolong halt (news digest)

Read your overview of news about the coronavirus in Slovakia and other news from politics and business on April 1.

Bratislava on April 1, 2020.

Coronavirus might prompt a reform Slovakia's schools have needed for a long time

Remote teaching is not just fancy conference calls. Teachers have to show their resourcefulness.

Peter Pallo while teaching his pupils.