History talks

Learning Slovak history through art and culture

Do you see a white elephant? Welcome to Beckov!

An exotic animal as a symbol of a Slovak village might simply be – a mistake.Peter Dlhopolec, 29. Nov 2018, at 15:24

The Beckov Castle.

Slovak and Czech presidents mark centenary with a vintage train ride

The presidents also visited sights connected to the first president of Czechoslovakia,Tomáš Garrique Masaryk, to commemorate the centenary.Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Jul 2018, at 13:19

The Czech and Slovak presidents rode on a vintage train to mark the centenary of Czechoslovakia on July 29.

Historical “presidential train” rides across Slovakia

The special project to mark the centenary of the founding of Czechoslovakia arrived in Bratislava on July 3rd.Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Jul 2018, at 22:46

Presidential train arrives in Bratislava, July 3

Youngest Slovak village is like New York

Dedina Mládeže (The Youth Village) was a mere experiment during the communist era. Now, the still inhabited village has morphed into an open-air museum.Mário Šmýkal16. Jun 2018, at 17:39

Dedina Mládeže

The Danube Limes proposed for UNESCO heritage list

Among almost a hundred monuments dating back to the northern borders of the Roman Empire – including those from Slovakia – those in Rusovce have a good chance entering the UNESCO heritage group.Compiled by Spectator staff, 13. Feb 2018, at 13:50

Ancient Roman monuments in Gerultata, Rusovce (Bratislava)

New ways and new path of Slovak architect Weinwurm

The irregular guided tour in English this time offers an insight into the innovative thinking and concept of Slovak architect Friedrich Weinwurm, known also outside the then-Czechoslovakia, a pioneer of…Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 3. Feb 2018, at 12:47

Friedrich Weinwurm – Ignác Vécsei: Family villa Graber, Bratislava, Maróthyho 4; 1933.

Oversized statues of eight Hungarian kings attract visitors to Čečejovce

One of the tourist attractions of the eastern-Slovak village is an alley lined with larger-than-life Hungarian emperors.Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Jan 2018, at 23:08

The Alley of Kings in Čečejovce

Who to blame for bryndzové halušky as the national meal

The ancestors of the Slovaks' wiped their mouths with the tablecloth, pigeons flying out of the pâtés served on tables. It was a famous Czech writer who romanticised “the meal of the poor”.By Ela Rybárová26. Oct 2017, at 15:28

Food of ancestors was by no means dull; llustrative photo of Pieter Claesz's painting from 1635.

Visitors’s centre opened near Andrássy Mausoleum

Historical former watchman’s cabin has been reconstructed to house the new centre for visitors near a tourist attraction.Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Oct 2017, at 14:43

The Andrássy Mausoleum in Krásnohorské Podhradie

An outrageous conspiracy

In the Franciscan Square of Bratislava stands a tall Marian column, erected in 1675 at the order of Emperor Leopold I. Marian columns, or plague columns, were built in thanksgiving to the Virgin Mary for averting or…By Branislav Chovan17. Oct 2017, at 12:00

Marian Column in the Franciscan Square in Bratislava

The double nostalgia of Uzhgorod

The castle in the Ukrainian town of Uzhgorod can evoke double nostalgia in Slovakia, as well in Czech landsBy Branislav Chovan19. Sep 2017, at 12:54

The Uzhgorod Castle

Komárno disasters

If we could somehow be transported to a Slovak town in, let us say, the 15th century, it is quite probable we would not be able to identify it. Towns were often plagued by disasters that completely changed their…By Branislav Chovan5. Sep 2017, at 6:45

The overall view of Komárno

The right of the strong

By Branislav Chovan21. Aug 2017, at 6:10

Jablonka in Upper Orava

Šumiac breaks sweat record: first sauna to be revived

The sauna built in Šumiac by miller Michal Demo after returning from Russian captivity was the first one not just in Slovakia but in the entire former Czechoslovakia. Now it can be saved and re-used.By Kveta Fajčíková17. Aug 2017, at 12:56

The construction of first Slovak sauna in Šumiac

The married priest at Devín

The Council of Trent that took place in 1545 – 1563 imposed on bishops the obligation to regularly visit parishes in their diocese.By Branislav Chovan7. Aug 2017, at 14:51

The Devín rock

Legiontrain begins two-month trip across Slovakia

The replica is modeled after trains that transported the Czechoslovak Legion across Russia during the First World War.Compiled by Spectator staff, 2. Aug 2017, at 6:26

Legiontrain starts its journey in Žilina on August 1.

The neighbours of Žarnovica

The history of the central-Slovak town of Žarnovica is closely connected with the nearby environment.By Branislav Chovan24. Jul 2017, at 19:05

Forestry office in Žarnovica

12 places where you can see the works of one of the best medieval wood carvers

The works of the renowned Master Paul are not limited just to Levoča.By Anna Novotná20. Jul 2017, at 12:54

St Geirge Curch in Spišská Sobota

Bratislava Castle exhibition: Celts in Slovak territory

The first ethnic group known by name which lived on Slovak territory may have ended differently than previously thought, shows an exhibition presenting many artefacts, interactive features and models.Zuzana Vilikovská, 18. Jul 2017, at 18:16

Replica of Celtic kiln

To hell for playing cards

The goal of the Crusades in the Middle Ages was to regain holy sites for the Christians. It is known, however, that the Crusaders did not achieve great success in Asia, and though the campaigns were carried out in…By Branislav Chovan10. Jul 2017, at 18:01

Playing cars was perceived a sin but enjoyed, nevertheless.