Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bratislava & Domica

Emerich also sent me cards from Slovakia. The 1st one is from Bratislava with the Devin Castle and the 2nd is also from the slovak capital city and it shows the St. Elisabeth Church. The 3rd is a new unesco card, Domica, which is part of Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst site.

On the back of the card: "Devin Castle (13-19th cent.) in a western suburb of Bratislava was built on the top of a 80m high rocky outcrop over the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers that constitute Slovakia's border with Austria.
Blown up by Napoleon's troops in 1809, Devin Castle offers breathtaking views into the surrounding countryside."

"Officially known as the Church of St Elizabeth of Hungary, but commonly referred to simply as 'the Blue Church' for obvious reasons, this is Bratislava’s most appealing art nouveau building. Its style, sometimes known as Hungarian Secession, is repeated in the nearby grammar school on Grösslingová Street. Both were designed by Budapest architect Edmund Lechner and built in the early twentieth century (the church was consecrated on 11 October, 1913).
Both the interior and exterior of the church are painted in shades of pale blue and decorated with blue majolica; even the roof is tiled with blue-glazed ceramics. The structure incorporates a 36.8-metre round tower." -in:

"Domica is the biggest cave in the Slovak Karst in southern Slovakia. It is a part of the cave complex that continues into the cave Baradla (Aggtelek) in Hungary. It was discovered in 1926 by Ján Majko. Since 1932, 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) of the 5,140 metres (16,860 ft) are open to public. The cave is included in the Unesco World Heritage list since 1995 as a part of Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst site." - in: wikipedia

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