Thursday, October 31, 2013

Gelnica ~ Göllnitz ~ Gölnicbánya

coming closer to my ancestors' place and visiting next mining city in the area, Gelnica (Göllnitz) in eastern slovakia ~ gold, silver, copper, iron ore, lead, quicksilver, ...
mining museum
hammer instead of a cross on the top? yes, the people here used to believe in mining, if you asked me :-)
praying miner
1230 came the germans to this part of eastern slovakia because of an invitation by hungarian king after the tatars killed huge parts of the slavic polulation here
part of the city square + the surrounding hills

do you want to read what wikipedia has to say? or see few more pictures?


home sweet home? not really mine, but of my parents and thus an area i like soooo much even if zips (spis) is since centuries so poor ...the former mines (copper, iron ore, silver, gold, quicksilver) are closed, the forests + fields don't provide enough outcome for the people here ... so sad, my dear einsiedel an der göllnitz aka mnisek nad hnilcom

hot, my youngest daughter knows :-) ... and 2 years ago we visited also an old disused shoemaker's house with even much older oven + shoemaker's tools (einsiedel pictures in the middle part of that thinny album)
spitzenberg, there used to be a golden cross on top before ...
all saints? yep, let's visit the cemetery + evangelic church (waldfriedhof einsiedel)
an orb? a ghost? both?
R.I.P dear grandparents

catholic church
fire depertment house
former house of my father's family
former house of my mother's family, the 2nd last one at the end of the village
adios sweet göllnitz valley
the other side of the mountain ~ the south ~ the conifers are gone, leaf trees came :-)
castle krasna horka after the fire (approximately 1 year ago, before fire here)

enjoy more pictures here and let's go back to the valley centre göllnitz and then back my birth city of kosice, the european city of culture 2013

ps: i think i have made some better quality pictures last time. i hope i will have some time to find them in my computer and upload few of them instead the current ones ... but you know, to keep my memories alive also bad quality pictures are good enough :-)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

kosice ~ kaschau ~ kassa ~ koszyce ~ cassovia

the gate into the city? no, it is the gate to its major church, the dome of holy elisabeth:

well, the european city of culture 2013, my home city kosice (kaschau, kassa, koszyce, cassovia) used the opportunity to restore few of its areas and turned disused objects like swimminng pool, military barracks, heat exchangers etc into cultural and urban space.
source: wikipedia
enjoy few pictures ...

... old
... old
... new #findthemistake
old in the middle, new on the right side, #findthemistake again

very, very old ~ archaeological find below the ground in the city centre
bell tower

the dome of holy elisabeth on the left. the small chapel in the front from the right side looks bigger than the dome, but it is just the case in this perspective 😃 

justitia, so blind :-)
more pictures in my google album
my last blog post about kosice? here

Monday, October 28, 2013

silver city ~ UNESCO heritage Schemnitz (Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia)

UNESCO heritage silver city Schemnitz aka Selmecbánya aka Şelmec Ban'a aka Banská Štiavnica.
after visiting the centre of the central slovakian region, the gold + silver city neusohl aka besztercebánya aka neosolium aka Banská Bystrica few years ago and the gold city kremnitz aka Körmöcbánya aka Kremnica in 2007 and 2015 (pictures), this time we managed to spent few hours in the silver city Banská Štiavnica. well, enjoy few pictures first ... and read my blahblah if any later on. or better go to wikipedia to read more about the celts, germans, hungarians and slovaks and of course about the hills metals which all together shaped this beautiful region, will you? wiki banska stiavnica anyway, i will ask you 3 simple questions 
  1. when and where was gunpowder used for the first time in the world in a mine?
  2. when and where was the first technical university in the world established?
  3. how many inhabitants have had banska stiavnica in 1782 as the 3rd biggest city in the kingdom of hungary (today approximately 10,000)?
do not cheat, my dears, just put your answers as comments to this blog post below :-)
hell? no, just a silver mine
main square looking downhill
main square looking uphill
zoom, zoom :-)
the old castle
the new castle

as always, you can find more pictures in my g+ album

just to show you the difference, a gold mine looks like that:
kremnitz, 2007