Slovakia

The Slovak Republic is a landlocked state in Central Europe. It has a population of
over five million and an area of about 49,000 square kilometres. Slovakia is
bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north,
Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south. The largest city is the capital,
Bratislava, and the second largest is Košice.

Flag

Coat of arms

The flag and the coat of arms of Slovakia both include the double cross. It was introduced to the territory of today’s Slovakia by Constantine and Methodius, who brought Christianity to Slavic empire of Great Moravia in the 9th century. In Slovakia, the double cross as a symbol of Lorraine is considered to have arisen when the Great Moravian king Svätopluk I “passed” it to Zwentibold of Lorraine, the godchild of Svätopluk and son of the emperor Arnulf of Carinthia.

Slovakia Map

Slovakia Map

Slovak culture reflects rich folk traditions, in addition to broader European influence. There are numerous aspects to the culture.

Freedom Square in Stara Tura

Freedom Square in Stara Tura

Square Freedom Square in Stara Tura

Museum of Liptov Village in Pribylina

Slovakia is replete with gothic churches, medieval towns, majestic mountains and looming castles along bucolic rural landscapes. Fittingly, legend after legend arose in such surroundings.

 High Tatra Mountains

High Tatra Mountains

Orava Castle

Orava Castle

Považská Bystrica open-air market

Považská Bystrica open-air market

From music and dance ensembles, to handicrafts, open-air markets and festivals, folk traditions are alive and well in modern-day Slovakia.

Festival "Otvára sa letu brána" (Festival "opens flight gate")

Festival “Otvára sa letu brána” (Festival “opens flight gate”)

Folk ensemble Radosť (Folk ensemble Joy)

Folk ensemble Radosť (Folk ensemble Joy)

A cart in action (Association of Slovak Carters)

A cart in action (Association of Slovak Carters)

Slovakia features natural landscapes, mountains, caves, medieval castles and towns, folk architecture, spas and ski resorts.

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