20 Interesting Facts You Didn't Know About Slovakia
20 The genes
Slovakia has good genes.
These world-famous people have Slovak parents or grandparents:
- Angelina Jolie (grandfather from Kosice)
- Audrey Hepburn (grandmother born in Kovarce)
- Andy Warhol (mother from Mikova)
- Paul Newman (mother from Pticie)
- Jon Bon Jovi (grandmother)
- Ivan Reitman (parents from Komarno)
19 The altar
Tallest Gothic wooden altar in the world, the altar of St. Jakub from Master Pavol of Levoca, is almost 19 meters high. Between the years 2012-2015 was the altar thoroughly renovated for the next 100 years.
18 Unique geyser
In Slovakia, we have a unique active geyser that spouts water to a height of 15 meters. It erupts every one and a half day. Similar geysers are located only in Iceland.
17 A gold treasure
Great treasure, nearly 3,000 gold coins, two meters long gold chain and medals from the 17th century, was miraculously found (and not lost straight away) during construction works in Kosice. You can spot it in the Vychodoslovenske museum.
16 Close capitals
The closest neighboring capitals of Europe (a double dose of culture and entertainment) are Bratislava and Vienna, only 60 km apart - an hour by bus.
15 Fresh water
After Austria, Slovakia has the largest natural freshwater supplies. It's mainly the underground reserves of Zitny ostrov. High-quality drinking water is flowing right from our taps.
14 Devil's rock
Devil has a rock in Slovakia. A unique natural phenomenon, mushroom rock called Devil's Rock, can be found at the nature trail near the Budca village (Zvolen). Large round boulder standing on a tiny area of a high cliff is extremely photogenic.
13 Really large horse
The highest statue of a horse in the world is located in the Sport and Congress Center in Samorín-Cilistov. It is made entirely of stainless steel, rises to a height of almost nine meters and weighs 20 tons.
12 Wooden churches
Almost 50 amazingly well-preserved wooden churches stand all over Slovakia. They are part of the cultural heritage of UNESCO, all-wood and without a single nail. The oldest of them is the church of St. Francis of Assisi in Hervatov (near Bardejov). It was built in 1500.
11 A solar horolage
The only horologe in the world that shows the true solar time, is situated in Stara Bystrica. It is also the largest wooden statue in Slovakia.
10 Moving Betlehem
Let's talk some more about the unique wooden sights. A monumental 8.5 m long Bethlehem with moving figures that was crafted in 15 years, is located in the House of Mercy in Rajecka Lesna.
Every day in our country has 1 or 2 names assigned. It's even written in all our calendars! This means, when your nameday comes up, there's a party, just like you'd have on your birthday.
08 The vast underground
Cellars under the castle Cerveny Kamen create the largest underground complex in Central Europe. In addition, the oldest pharmacy was established here in 1649.
07 The 3000 year old toy
The oldest archeological toy discovery in Central Europe was found in the archaeological site near Kosice. Four-wheeled pushcart from the grave of a child comes from the period around 1600 BC. You can see it in the Archaeological Institute of SAV in Kosice.
06 The first folk architecture village in the world
Wooden Čičmany village at the foothill of the Strazov Hills will blow your mind! All the gingerbread houses are original! The first mention of the village dates back to the year 1272.
05 World's highest cave column
The sinter column in Krasnohorska cave is 32m high and is also registered in the Guinness Book of Records.