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.
Belarusian first printer and enlightener Frantsysk Skorina was born here as well.
Polotsk is a historical city in Belarus, situated on the Dvina River.
Polotsk is served by Polotsk Airport and during the Cold War was home to Borovitsy air base.
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.
Magdeburg law was adopted in 1498.
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.
The town was a birthplace for the first Belarusian canonized woman Euphrosyne of Polotsk.
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.
Polotsk’ 1150th anniversary was included in the Calendar of Events of UNESCO in 2012-2013.
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.
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
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.