10 Interesting Facts About Hrad Devin

Facts About Hrad Devin

Facts About Hrad Devin

  • The site has been settled since the Neolithic Age and fortified since the Bronze and Iron Age and later by Celts and Romans.
  • Devín Castle is a castle in Devín, which is a borough of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.
  • Devín Castle is one of the oldest castles in Slovakia. The castle was likely first mentioned in written sources in 864
  • The name of the castle is probably derived from the old Indo-European/Proto-Slavic stem deiv- with apophony doiv- related to light and visual perception.
  • In May 2018, the museum opened the upper part of Devín Castle to the public with a new exposition in cave spaces entitled “Devín Castle in the 13th – 20th Century”.
  • The castle stands just inside Slovak territory on the frontier between Slovakia and Austria. The border runs from west to east along the Morava River and subsequently the Danube.
  • The most photographed part of the castle is the tiny watchtower, known as the Maiden Tower.
  • In 1635 the castle was inherited by Pavol Pálffy, but in this period the castle mostly served only as an administrative and economic centre.
  • Devín has become an important national symbol for the Slovaks. It featured both on the reverse of the former 500 Czechoslovak koruna banknote and the 50 Halierov coins of the Slovak currency.
  • Geographic Coordinates: 48°10′25″N 16°58′42″E
Facts About Hrad Devin
Facts About Hrad Devin

10 Interesting Facts About Polotsk

Interesting Facts About Polotsk

Facts About Polotsk

  1. The Old East Slavic name, Polotesk, derives from the Polota River, which flows into the Western Dvina nearby. The Vikings rendered that name as Palteskja.
  2. Belarusian first printer and enlightener Frantsysk Skorina was born here as well.
  3. Polotsk is a historical city in Belarus, situated on the Dvina River.
  4. Polotsk is served by Polotsk Airport and during the Cold War was home to Borovitsy air base.
  5. In September 2003, as “Days of Belarusian Literacy” were celebrated for the 10th time in Polotsk, city authorities dedicated a monument to honour the unique Cyrillic Belarusian letter Ў, which is not used in any other Slavic language.
  6. Magdeburg law was adopted in 1498.
  7. Polotsk was founded in 862 and not only is it the oldest town in the country, one of the oldest in the whole Slavic region.
  8. The town was a birthplace for the first Belarusian canonized woman Euphrosyne of Polotsk.
  9. Announced in 2010 Capital of Culture, Polotsk was the first Belarusian town named Belarus’ Capital of Culture due to its outstanding historical and cultural heritage, rich cultural life. 
  10. Polotsk’ 1150th anniversary was included in the Calendar of Events of UNESCO in 2012-2013.
Interesting Facts About Polotsk
Interesting Facts About Polotsk

10 Interesting Facts About Bratislava Castle

Facts About Bratislava Castle

Facts About Bratislava Castle

  • Bratislava Castle is the main castle of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.
  • The first traces of settlement on the Castle Hill stem from the transition period between the Stone and Bronze Age, called Aeneolthicum. The hill was then inhabited by people of a groove ornamental pottery period, known as Baden Culture.
  • Bratislava became the official coronation town for Hungarian Kings and the castle became the formal seat of the kings of Royal Hungary.
  • Bratislava Castle was first written reference to the city, which appears in the Annals of Salzburg of 907, in association with a battle between Bavarians and Hungarians.
  • After the Empress and her son Joseph II died, the castle was deserted and became a military garrison.
  • On June 6, 2010, the reconstruction of the Honorary Courtyard of Bratislava Castle was completed with a large nationally televised unveiling ceremony of an equestrian statue of King Svätopluk I by Slovak sculptor Ján Kulich.
  • The main Castle building includes 4 towers. The tallest and largest is the Crown Tower, on the southwest corner.
  • On 28 May 1811, a fire begun accidentally by garrisoned soldiers gutted the structure
  • In the 1930s plans were put forward to either rebuild the castle ruins into a new structure or to destroy it altogether.
  • The name of the castle is recorded on coins, issued by the first Hungarian king Stephan I (1000-1038) with engraving- Preskava Civ, which certainly means as much as Preslavov (Breslavov) Castle.
Facts About Bratislava Castle
Facts About Bratislava Castle

10 Interesting Facts About Novopolotsk

Interesting Facts About Novopolotsk

Facts About Novopolotsk

  • Novopolotsk is a city in Vitebsk Oblast, Belarus.
  • Novopolotsk is the leading producer in the refining and chemical industry business, in the region of Vitebsk Oblast.
  • The history of Novopolotsk dates back to the year 1958, when a large number of enthusiasts, workers and builders, seeking new experiences and romantic feelings came here to establish a new town.
  • Novopolotsk was Founded in 1958.
  • The Name Novopolotsk means “New Polotsk”, which refers to the city of Polotsk which is located near the city.
  • The Estimated Population of Novopolotsk is 110,000
  • The city now has 12 secondary schools and 2 gymnasiums, many kindergartens and the two subsidiaries of Polotsk State University.
  • Novopolotsk is twinned with Chauffailles, France; Dmitrovsky, Russia; Elektrostal, Russia; Givors, France; Kruševac, Serbia; Kstovo, Russia; Kursk, Russia; Ludza, Latvia; Mažeikiai, Lithuania; Odintsovo, Russia; Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Russia; Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland; Pantelej, Serbia; Pavlovsk, Russia; Płock, Poland; Pushkin, Russia; Skadovsk, Ukraine; Smiltene, Latvia; Ventspils, Latvia & Weihai, China.
  • Novopolotsk has six hotels.
  • The city of Novopolotsk has an a cappella music group, which won an international award.
Interesting Facts About Novopolotsk
Interesting Facts About Novopolotsk

10 Interesting Facts About Povazska Bystrica

Facts About Povazska Bystrica

Facts About Povazska Bystrica

  • The first record of the town dates back to 1330, even though the area had been populated for a long time.
  • Považská Bystrica is a town in northwestern Slovakia.
  • Považská Bystrica has 9 boroughs: Centrum, Dedovec, Hliny, Kolónia, Lány, Rozkvet, Stred, SNP & Zákvašov
  • Považská Bystrica is situated in a fold of mountain ranges Strážovské vrchy and Javorníky.
  • The Geographic Coordinates of Povazska Bystrica is 49°06′50″N 18°26′30″E.
  • Považská Bystrica is twinned with Bačka Palanka, Serbia; Bełchatów, Poland; Gjorče Petrov, North Macedonia; Holešov, Czech Republic; Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, Czech Republic; Sovetsk, Russia; Tauragė, Lithuania; Zhodzina, Belarus & Zubří, Czech Republic.
  • The Estimated Population of Povazska Bystrica is 43,936.
  • The total area of Povazska Bystrica is 91 km².
  • The motorway viaduct was built through the narrowest segment of the town, which was opened on 31 May 2010
  • The elevation of Povazska Bystrica is 288 m.
Facts About Povazska Bystrica
Facts About Povazska Bystrica

10 Interesting Facts About Orsha

Interesting Facts About Orsha

Facts About Orsha

  • Orsha is a city in Belarus in the Vitebsk Region, on the fork of the Dnieper and Arshytsa rivers.
  • Orsha was first mentioned in 1067 as Rsha, making it one of the oldest towns in Belarus.
  • The town was named after the river, which was originally also named Rsha.
  • Orsha was granted Magdeburg Rights in 1620.
  • On September 8, 1514, the famous Battle of Orsha occurred, between allied Grand Duchy of Lithuania with Kingdom of Poland and Muscovite army.
  • The estimated population of Orsha is 115,938.
  • Orsha was transferred to the Byelorussian SSR in 1924.
  • In 1812, the city was badly burned during Napoleon’s invasion.
  • Orsha is twinned with Asha, Russia; Bălți, Moldova; Bondeno, Italy; Cherkasy, Ukraine; Dubna, Russia; Gagarin, Russia; Ivanovo, Russia; Ivanteyevka, Russia; Kardymovsky District, Russia; Koptevo, Russia; Krasnogvardeysky, Russia; Mārupe, Latvia; Pernik, Bulgaria; Pushkin, Russia; Qingdao, China; Shishou, China; Silifke, Turkey; Smolensk, Russia; Spitak, Armenia; Telšiai, Lithuania; Tver, Russia; Vaulx-en-Velin, France; Volgodonsk, Russia; Vyazma, Russia; Yiwu, China & Zapadnoye Degunino, Russia.
  • Orsha became an important transportation centre after the construction of a Dnieper Riverport.
Interesting Facts About Orsha
Interesting Facts About Orsha

8 Interesting Facts About Nove Zamky

Facts About Nove Zamky

Facts About Nove Zamky

  • Nové Zámky is a town in Nové Zámky District in the Nitra Region of in southwestern Slovakia.
  • The town is located on the Danubian Lowland, on the Nitra River, at an altitude of 119 metres.
  • Nové Zámky is twinned with Fonyód, Hungary; Sevnica, Slovenia; Tábor, Czech Republic & Znojmo, Czech Republic.
  • The Elevation altitude of Nove Zamky is 119 metres.
  • The town lies in the temperate zone and has a continental climate. The annual average temperature reaches around 10 °C (50.0 °F), with the warmest month being July with an average of 20 °C (68 °F) and the coldest January with −2 °C (28 °F). Average annual precipitation is 556 mm.
  • In 1685, Nove Zamky was conquered by the imperial troops of Charles V, Duke of Lorraine. Six years later, it received town privileges from the Esztergom archbishop.
  • The total area of Nove Zamky is 72.565 km2.
  • The Geographic Coordinates of Nove Zamky: 47°59′08″N 18°09′28″E
Facts About Nove Zamky
Interesting Facts About Nove Zamky

10 Interesting Facts About Zhlobin

Interesting Facts About Zhlobin

Facts About Zhlobin

  • Zhlobin is twinned with Scalenghe, Italy; Vyksa, Russia & Lianyungang, China.
  • Zhlobin is a city in the Zhlobin District of Gomel Region of Belarus, on the Dnieper River.
  • The estimated population of Zhlobin is 76,078.
  • Professional hockey team Metallurg Zhlobin is situated in the city and plays in the Belarusian Extraleague.
  • BMZ was established in Zhlobin, it’s one of the largest companies in Belarus. The BMZ is the main sustainer of the town’s economy.
  • Zhlobin was first mentioned in a letter to the Moscow Tsar in 1664, this is the first official date in the history of Zhlobin. 
  • On April 12, 1942, 1,200 Jews were murdered in Zhlobin.
  • In the 1600s and 1700s, The Khodkevichys owned the lands around Zhlobin. 
  • In 1919, Zhlobin became part of Soviet Belarus.
  • Zhlobin is the birthplace of our Belarusian cultural figures N. Kovyazin, D. Zhuravlev, artist V. Zholtak, architect L. Tomkov.
Interesting Facts About Zhlobin
Interesting Facts About Zhlobin

10 Interesting Facts About Michalovce

Facts About Michalovce

Facts About Michalovce

  • Michalovce is a town on the Laborec river in eastern Slovakia.
  • Originally named after the Archangel St Michael, it is the second-largest city in the Košice Region and the seat of the Michalovce District.
  • The city of present-day Michalovce along with the adjacent lowlands was settled in from the Palaeolithic era.
  • The town lies in the Košice Region, in the Eastern Slovak Lowland on the Laborec river, historically belonging to Zemplén County.
  • Michalovce is twinned with Cognac, France; Jarosław, Poland; Kavarna, Bulgaria; Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia; Pančevo, Serbia; Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary; Uzhorod, Ukraine; Villarreal, Spain & Vyškov, Czech Republic.
  • The total area of Michalovce is 52.807 km2
  • The first written reference to the town is from 1244.
  • The geographic coordinate of Michalovce: 48°45′19″N 21°54′48″E.
  • The estimated Population of Michalovce is 39,396.
  • Since 1993, with the breakup of Czechoslovakia, Michalovce has been part of Slovakia.
Facts About Michalovce
Facts About Michalovce

10 Interesting Facts About Gomel

Interesting Facts About Gomel

Facts About Gomel

  • Gomel was founded at the end of the 1st millennium AD on the lands of the Eastern Slavic tribal union of Radimichs.
  • In 1670, Gomel got the Magdeburg rights.
  • Gomel is situated in the southeastern part of the country, on the right bank of the River Sozh, north of Chernihiv.
  • Gomel has city area of 121 km2.
  • Gomel is the second-largest city in Belarus.
  • Gomel is the administrative centre of Gomel Voblast, Belarus.
  • The estimated Population of Gomel is 526,872.
  • Gomel name is derived from the name of the stream Homeyuk, which flowed into the river Sozh near the foot of the hill where the first settlement was founded.
  • Gomel is twinned with: Aberdeen, Scotland; Anapa, Russia; Armavir, Russia; Bryansk, Russia; Burgas, Bulgaria; Chengdu, China; Chernihiv, Ukraine; Cheryomushki, Russia; Clermont-Ferrand, France; Dnipro, Ukraine; Donetsk, Ukraine; Fort Myers, United States; Ganja, Azerbaijan; Harbin, China; Huai’an, China; Kaliningrad, Russia; Krasnoselsky, Russia; Kurgan, Russia; Kursk, Russia; Kutaisi, Georgia; Liepāja, Latvia; Magnitogorsk, Russia; Omsk, Russia; Protvino, Russia; Radom, Poland; Rostov-on-Don, Russia; Solomianskyi, Ukraine; Surgut, Russia; Ulyanovsk, Russia; Vasileostrovsky, Russia; Voronezh, Russia & Sari, Iran.
  • The Ferris Wheel and the Ferris Tower, located in a park a few hundred meters from the palace complex, are popular for exploring the city. Since the topography of Gomel is relatively flat, the height of the surrounding buildings means it is easy to view the city from the wheel and tower.


Interesting Facts About Gomel
Interesting Facts About Gomel