Bardejov, Slovakia

Bardejov is a town in North-Eastern Slovakia. It is situated in the Šariš region on a
floodplain terrace of the Topľa River, in the hills of the Beskyd Mountains.

Topľa river

Topľa river

Topľa is a river in eastern Slovakia, 129.8 km long. It rises in the Čergov mountains and flows through the town of Bardejov.

Beskyd Mountains

Beskyd Mountains

Beskyd Mountains is a traditional name for a series of mountain ranges in the Carpathians, stretching from the Czech Republic in the west along the border of Poland with Slovakia up to Ukraine in the east.

Bardejov is a historically and culturally rich city, considered one of the most beautiful Slovak towns. The town was surrounded by walls.

Bradejov, wall

Bradejov walls

Bardejov, Town Wall

Bardejov, Town Walls

In Bardejov there is the best preserved town fortification. It contains of a part of little barbican, fragments of city walls, a few towers and two big gates.

On the walls in Bardejov

On the walls in Bardejov

Old fortifications

Old fortifications

Ancient walls of Bardejov

Ancient walls of Bardejov

The walls and other fortifications were built in 14th-16th centuries.

Bardejov exhibits numerous cultural monuments in its completely intact medieval town center. The town is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and currently maintains a population of about 30,000 inhabitants.

Bardejov Old Town Map

Bardejov Information

The first view of the central square of Bardejov is really stunning. Bardejov Town Conservation Reserve is an intact example of a medieval town that was located on a major Central European trade route. The town was first mentioned in writing in the 13th century. It played an important role in the trading network from Baltic Sea to Black Sea.

The Town Hall and Church of St. Egidius

The Church of St. Egidius and Town Hall.

The Old Town Hall, the first unique renaissance structure in Slovakia was built in 1505. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, the Twon hall serves as  an exhibition hall for the Sharish Museum art collection.

The Roman-catholic church of St. Egidius (St. Giles in English): The church is a gothc three-nave basilica. The original church used to be apart of the Cistersian’s monastery.

Interior of St. Egidius Church

Interior of St. Egidius Church

The unique gothic interior with original altars (1400-1520) the most valuable in Europe.

The altar of St. Egidius

The altar of St. Egidius

St. Egidius (St. Giles in English, circa 650-710)is a hermit and Saint revered in the Catholic Church. He was born in Athens and died in southern France.

St. Egidius(St. Giles in English, circa 650-710)

St. Egidius(St. Giles in English, circa 650-710)

St. Egidius is especially believed in Provence. He is the patron saint of blacksmiths and beggars. In painting and sculpture, he is depicted with red deer shot with arrow. The Saint Holidays is 1st September.
Bardejov is not so big city but clean and interesting, I really love the old city.

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