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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 SlovakiaPhoto

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 carversPhoto

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 territoryPhoto

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.

The Roma competitors

The Roma didn’t have an easy life during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as they were barely tolerated by the majority of the population.By Branislav Chovan26. Jun 2017, at 19:40

Kremnica

Greater Bratislava

One of the important milestones of our capital is connected with the year 1946. The post-World-War II cabinet came to the conclusion that Bratislava, as the residence of top political and state Slovak national…By Branislav Chovan20. Jun 2017, at 18:03

Rača, a village now attached to Bratislava as a borough

The fight for dominance

The name of the eastern Slovak town of Bardejov has roots in the male Christian name, Bartolomej, or Bartholomew.By Branislav Chovan30. May 2017, at 16:15

Square in Bardejov

Napoleon’s oak planted in Bratislava's Tyršovo EmbankmentPhoto

An oak of Napoleonic legend was replanted, part of a commemoration spanning several days. Compiled by Spectator staff ,22. May 2017, at 14:19

Planting "Naopoleon's oak" on May 20, 2017.

A profitable craft

The first written mentions of butchers in the territory of Slovakia date back to the 13th century.By Branislav Chovan15. May 2017, at 15:55

Butchery used to be a profitable, well-respected craft.

A test with a tank

The first – and for a long time also the only solid – bridge in Bratislava appeared in 1890. It was opened with great pomp and splendor; in attendance was Kaiser Ferenc József himself who benignly agreed for the…By Branislav Chovan1. May 2017, at 20:24

The Old Bratislava Bridge

The hard life of Modrý Kameň

For about a century and a half, the territory of modern Slovakia was a direct neighbour of the expanding Ottoman Empire. The southern regions of Slovakia especially suffered from Turkish behaviour.By Branislav Chovan17. Apr 2017, at 14:02

The Modrý Kameň castle

Invalids in the church

The name of the Invalids’ Church / Invalidský kostol in Trnava may be a bit confusing.By Branislav Chovan3. Apr 2017, at 14:16

Invalids’ Church / Invalidský kostol in Trnava

A memory of woods

Some time at the end of the 1920s, Czech painter Václav Malý climbed the steep slope of Čebrať Hill, and from there he painted a panoramic picture of the town Ružomberok.By Branislav Chovan20. Mar 2017, at 15:41

V. Malý: Ružomberok

Moldava free-run wine

The town of Moldava nad Bodvou in eastern Slovakia was originally not called Moldava.By Branislav Chovan13. Mar 2017, at 6:55

Moldava and Bodvou, 1929

Ball season

In this postcard from 1902, we see three elderly men courting a young lady. Considering their clothes, this situation might have happened at some festive event, maybe a ball.By Branislav Chovan6. Mar 2017, at 11:02

Balls used to be popular in Bratislava and elsewhere.

The street of national monuments

In the past, the area between the modern-day Slavín monument and Palisády neighbourhood was composed of vast vineyards.By Branislav Chovan20. Feb 2017, at 8:59

Kuzmány Street in Bratislava

Evil in threes

All mediaeval towns saw a similar story: during their path to independence and autonomy, they clashed with the implacable stance of their lords. The town of Kežmaork, lying in the Spiš region, thus clashed with…By Branislav Chovan7. Feb 2017, at 14:00

Chapel of Mária Gyulaffy,1925 (replaced in 1973 by a replica).

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