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“Cathedral nice - town very poor”

Cathedral of St. Elizabeth (Dom svatej Alzbety)
Ranked #1 of 57 things to do in Kosice
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

It is fair to say that the cathedral itself as a smaller brother of similar gothic cathedrals across Europe is interesting in itself but is equally important to describe the town of Kosice to potential visitors, since I believe that it would be a nonsense to travel to Kosice only for the sake of the cathedral.
If you hear that Kosice is the second biggest town in Slovakia you should not be misled into thinking that it is a big city because, except Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, there are no real big cities in Slovakia. On the contrary, it's quite a small town, especially the town centre consisting of the Main Street and a few surrounding small streets with a few monuments scattered in this small area (eg. cathedral, theatre...)
The major problem with Kosice, as with most Slovakian towns, is that the height of their development came during the Communist era and the accompanying industralization of the then agrarian country. The result is that the population of Kosice during the era after the steel factory construction increased five times. To accommodate these people a large number of ghettoish blocks surrounding the historic centre was built so the impression of Kosice is very bleak.
If one adds very poor and often dirty public transport and overall obsolete infrastructure, Kosice can attract only very low-demanding tourists.

5  Thank strange_tourist
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Before restoration, the Cathedral was beautiful but dark and a bit spooky. Currently being rennovated, the parts that have been completed lead me to think this will be one of Europe's great, gothic treasures.

2  Thank Paul R
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

The historic center of Kosice is fabulous. There are several blocks that are pedestrian only filled with shops, churches, museums and beautiful buildings. We loved it. The cathedral was under renovation but we were on a guided tour and so we were able to see it with our guide. It was actually kind of interesting to see the difference from the restored parts and those not finished yet. Very pretty little cathedral.

2  Thank Nealybob73
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

One most magnificent cathedrals in Slovakia, even in Eastern Europe. If you would have only 30 minutes to stay in city center, spend then here. Respect the regulation written on the entrance.

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

It's 800 years old! and very beautiful. You can hike up to the top of the tower, and it's an amazing view of the gem of a city. But be sure your wearing good shoes, and aren't afraid of heights or enclosed spaces. There is a fee to climb the tower. It is a working church, and you can stop in when there is a service, if you like. They were filming a movie there the last time I was through, "Pillars of the Earth" or something like that. Well worth a visit.

1  Thank RuthAnnK
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