10 Interesting Facts About Levice

Facts About Levice

Facts About Levice

  • Levice is first mentioned as Leua, one of the villages belonging to the parish of St. Martin’s Church in Bratka in 1156. Levice was part of the comitatus Tekov.
  • Levice is the birthplace of geographer Kálmán Kittenberger.
  • Levice is the capital of the Levice District, which is the largest district in Slovakia at 1,551 square kilometres.
  • Levice is a town in western Slovakia.
  • Levice is twinned with Boskovice, Czech Republic; Érd, Hungary; Náměšť na Hané, Czech Republic; Ruda Śląska, Poland & Skierniewice, Poland.
  • Levice is the birthplace of Kinga Pavlikova.
  • The estimated Population of Levice is 33,682.
  • Levice heraldic animal is the lion, in Slovak lev, and the town’s colours are green and yellow.
  • The 150-year long Turkish occupation, which started in the 16th century, weakened the town economically and made it more dependent on the castle’s estate.
  • The town lies on the left bank of the lower Hron river. The Old Slavic name of the town was Leva, which means “the Left One”.
Facts About Levice
Facts About Levice

10 Interesting Facts About Pinsk

Interesting Facts About Pinsk

Facts About Pinsk

  • Pinsk has formed part of the Republic of Belarus since Belarusian independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
  • In 1954 it became part of the Brest Voblast.
  • Pinsk is a city in Brest Region of Belarus, in the Polesia region, at the confluence of the Pina River and the Pripyat River.
  • The first mention about Pinsk in written sources is presented in Tale of Bygone Years (Primary Chronicle) under 1097.
  • The estimated population of Pinsk is 138,202, as of 2017.
  • Pinsk was the seat of a Russian princedom. 
  • In 1523, Pinsk becomes a royal city, first owned by Queen Bona.
  • king Stephen Báthory grants Pinsk city rights in 1581.
  • on April 5, 1919, known as the Pinsk massacre, created a diplomatic crisis noted at the Versailles Conference.
  • Geographic coordinates: 52°07′ N 26°05′ E
Interesting Facts About Pinsk
Interesting Facts About Pinsk

10 Interesting Facts About Bardejov

Facts About Bardejov

Facts About Bardejov

  • Bardejov is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
  • The territory of present-day Bardejov has attracted settlers since the Stone Age. However, the first written reference to the town dates back to the 1240s, when monks from Bardejov complained to King Béla IV of Hungary about a violation of the town’s borders by Prešov.
  • Bardejov is situated in the Šariš region on a floodplain terrace of the Topľa River, in the hills of the Beskyd Mountains.
  • Bardejov is dominated by the monumental Church of St. Aegidius, mentioned for the first time in 1247.
  • The town consists of the following boroughs: Bardejov, Bardejovská Nová Ves, Bardejovská Zábava, Bardejovské Kúpele, Dlhá Lúka & Mihaľov.
  • Bardejov is twinned with Gorlice, Poland; Jasło, Poland; Krynica, Poland; Muszyna, Poland; Zamość, Poland; Kaštela, Croatia; Česká Lípa, Czech Republic; Mikulov, Czech Republic; Přerov, Czech Republic; Calais, France; Mogilev, Belarus; Molde, Norway; Montemarciano, Italy; Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia; Sremski Karlovci, Serbia & Tiachiv, Ukraine.
  • Notable people of Bardejov: Kéler Béla, Radoslav Rochallyi & Jack Garfein.
  • Bardejov is a town in North-Eastern Slovakia.
  • The estimated population of Bardejov is 32,787.
  • Bardejov received the European Gold Medal by the International Board of Trustees in Hamburg in 1986, The first town in Czechoslovakia to receive the award.
Facts About Bardejov
Facts About Bardejov

10 Interesting Facts About Lida, Belarus

Interesting Facts About Lida

Facts About Lida

  • The name Lida is derived from the name of the River Lidzeya. Its origin is associated with the Lithuanian name Lyda.
  • There are passing mentions of Lida in chronicles from 1180. Until the early 14th century, the settlement at Lida was a wooden fortress in Lithuania proper.
  • In spring 2001, the Jewish of Belarus worked closely with the residents of Lida to erect a memorial commemorating the thousands of Lida Jews that perished in the Holocaust.
  • Polish King Sigismund III Vasa granted Lida Magdeburg town rights in 1590, which were later confirmed in Warsaw by Kings Władysław IV Vasa in 1640 and Michael Korybut Wiśniowiecki in 1670 and by the Polish Sejm in 1776.
  • The estimated population of Lida is 101,165.
  • Lida is twinned with Alytus, Lithuania; Daugavpils, Latvia; Dimitrovgrad, Russia; Goychay, Azerbaijan; Kalachinsky District, Russia; Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine; Khoroshyovo-Mnyovniki, Russia; Koszalin, Poland; Krymsky District, Russia; Lebedyansky District, Russia; Łomża, Poland; Lyuberetsky District, Russia; Nemansky District, Russia; Rîșcani, Moldova; Šalčininkai, Lithuania; Shirak Province, Armenia & Trakai, Lithuania.
  • Lida Castle was built by the order of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas for protection against assaults by the Teutonic Knights.
  • From the Cold War to 1993, Lida was home to the 1st Guards Bomber Aviation Division of the Soviet Air Force.
  • Notable people of Lida David ben Aryeh Leib of Lida; Yitzchak Yaacov Reines; Konstanty Gorski; Andrzej Januszajtis; Stefan E. Warschawski; Pola Raksa & Aleksander Zyw.
  • Linda is around 141 metres above sea level.
Interesting Facts About Lida
Interesting Facts About Lida

10 Interesting Facts About Zvolen

Facts About Zvolen

  1. The oldest written reference to the settlement of Zvolen existing below the castle is from 1243.
  2. Zvolen remained the capital of Zólyom County until the 1760s.
  3. In 1871-1872, two new railways were built and Zvolen became an important railroad hub and important industrial center.
  4. The name Zvolen is of Slovak origin meaning “the chosen one, splendid, excellent”.
  5. Zvolen has been inhabited since the Paleolithic.
  6. The Estimated Population of Zvolen is 42,760.
  7. Zvolen is a town in central Slovakia, situated on the confluence of Hron and Slatina rivers, close to Banská Bystrica.
  8. Zvolen is a member of the Douzelage, a town twinning association of towns across the European Union, also twinned with: Imatra, Finland; Zwoleń, Poland; Prachatice, Czech Republic; Tótkomlós, Hungary & Rivne, Ukraine.
  9. The total area of the Town of Zvolen is 98.727 km2.
  10. In the Rákóczi’s War of Independence, the Kuruc army in the battle of Zvolen defeated the enemy forces from Austria, Denmark, Vojvodina and Hungary.
Facts About Zvolen
Facts About Zvolen



10 Interesting Facts About Brest, Belarus

Interesting Facts About Brest

Facts About Brest

  • The Brest Fortress was recognized by the Soviet Union as the Hero Fortress in honour of the defence of Brest Fortress in June 1941.
  • The city was part of the Belarusian SSR until the breakup of the USSR in 1991. Brest is now a part of independent Belarus.
  • Brest is home to two Universities: A.S. Pushkin Brest State University and Brest State Technical University.
  • The name could also originate from the Slavic root brest meaning “elm”. Or it could have come from the Lithuanian word brasta meaning “ford”.
  • King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania first granted Brest a coat of arms in 1554.
  • Brest has a city partnership with Ashdod, Israel; Botoșani, Romania; Brest, France; Ludza, Latvia; Maldon, United Kingdom & Pleven, Bulgaria.
  • Brest is twinned with Astrakhan, Russia; Dorogomilovo District, Russia; Izhevsk, Russia; Kaliningrad, Russia; Kovrov, Russia; Malgobek, Russia; Nevsky District, Russia; Nizhny Tagil, Russia; Novorossiysk, Russia; Oryol, Russia; Petrozavodsk, Russia; Ryazan, Russia; Tyumen, Russia; Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine; Lutsk, Ukraine; Odessa, Ukraine; Biała Podlaska, Poland; Lublin, Poland; Siedlce County, Poland; Terespol, Poland; Baienfurt, Germany; Baindt, Germany; Berg, Germany; Ravensburg, Germany; Weingarten, Germany; Baiyin, China; Xiaogan, China; Batumi, Georgia; Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan; Coevorden, Netherlands; Port-sur-Saône, France & Subotica, Serbia.
  • Brest borders with Poland, Opposite the city of Terespol.
  • Brest is a major point of rail entry to Belarus and Russia and is a river port with light industries.
Interesting Facts About Brest
Interesting Facts About Brest

10 Interesting Facts About Trnava

Facts About Trnava

Facts About Trnava

  • The name of the city is derived from the name of the creek Trnava.
  • Trnava has often been called “parva Roma”, i.e. “Little Rome”, or more recently, the “Slovak Rome”.
  • Trnava lies at an altitude of 146 metres (479 ft) above sea level.
  • The French car manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroën began construction of a large automobile plant in Trnava in 2003.
  • Trnava covers an area of 71.535 square kilometres (27.6 sq mi).
  • Trnava is twinned with Balakovo, Russia; Břeclav, Czech Republic; Casale Monferrato, Italy; Chomutov, Czech Republic; Kharkiv, Ukraine; Novo Mesto, Slovenia; Sangerhausen, Germany; Szombathely, Hungary; Varaždin, Croatia & Zabrze, Poland.
  • Trnava is the seat of two universities: the University of Trnava and the University of St. Cyril and Methodius.
  • Trnava is the capital of a kraj (Trnava Region) and of an okres (Trnava District).
  • The rise of Trnava is closely related to “Latin Guests”, the romance newcomers probably from present-day Belgium (Walloons).
  • Trnava became the capital of the newly created Trnava Region in 1996.
Facts About Trnava
Facts About Trnava

10 Interesting Facts About Grodno

Facts About Grodno

Facts About Grodno

  • Grodno is a city in western Belarus, on the Neman River. 
  • Since 1996 the biggest in Belarus Festival of National Cultures is held in Grodno Every two years the Festival of National Cultures invites many guests into the city.
  • The estimated population of Grodno is 373,547, as of 2019.
  • Grodno is the capital of Grodno Region and Grodno District.
  • The first reference to Grodno dates to 1005.
  • Grodno was officially founded in 1127.
  • Grodno is twinned with Alytus, Lithuania; Ashkelon, Israel; Augustów, Poland; Białystok, Poland; Cheboksary, Russia; Druskininkai, Lithuania; Dzerzhinsk, Russia; Khimki, Russia; Kraljevo, Serbia; Lazdijai, Lithuania; Limoges, France; Minden, Germany; Qabala District, Azerbaijan; Rancho Cordova, United States; Shchukino District, Russia; Słupsk, Poland; Tambov, Russia; Tuapsinsky District, Russia; Vologda, Russia & Žilina, Slovakia.
  • There are four mass graves of Jews near the city, on which monuments were erected after World War II.
  • Grodno has the following rivers flowing through the city: The Neman River, The Lasosna River and the Haradnichanka River with its branch the Yurysdyka River.
  • Grodna is one of the starting towns of Lithuania in the turn-based strategy game Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms.
Facts About Grodno
Interesting Facts About Grodno

15 Interesting Facts About Martin, Slovakia

Facts About Martin, Slovakia

Facts About Martin

  1. Martin lies at an altitude of 395 metres (1,296 ft) above sea level.
  2. The city of Martin won the United Nations Public Service Award in 2011 in the category: Preventing and Combating Corruption in the Public Service.
  3. The first recorded reference to Martin in written sources is dated to 1284 under the name of Vila Sancti Martini.
  4. Martin is the ninth-largest city in Slovakia.
  5. National Council of the Slovak Republic declared the city of Martin the centre of the national culture of the Slovaks on August 24, 1994.
  6. The Estimated Population of Martin is 54,618.
  7. Martin is surrounded by Malá Fatra and Veľká Fatra mountains.
  8. In 1340, King Charles Robert granted the town the respective rights and the community became natural centre of Turčianske Valley, along Turiec-river, enclosed from both parts with afforested massifs of Small Fatra and Great Fatra Mountains.
  9. Martin is the seat of the Slovak National Library and Slovak Matica.
  10. Martin is a city in northern Slovakia, situated on the Turiec river, between the Malá Fatra and Veľká Fatra mountains.
  11. Martin covers an area of 67.74 square kilometres (26.2 sq mi).
  12. Martin lies in the north temperate zone and has a continental climate with four distinct seasons.
  13. Martin is twinned with: Bački Petrovac, Serbia; Békéscsaba, Hungary; Fargo, United States; Gotha, Germany; Hoogeveen, Netherlands; Jičín, Czech Republic; Kalisz, Poland & Zheleznodorozhny, Russia.
  14. Martin is home to the Jessenius Faculty of Medicine, which is one of three medical schools in Slovakia.
  15. Martin Average annual temperature is around 7 °C (45 °F) and average annual rainfall is 750–860 mm.
Facts About Martin, Slovakia
Facts About Martin, Slovakia

10 Interesting Facts About Vitebsk

Facts About Vitebsk

Facts About Vitebsk

  • Vitebsk developed from a river harbour where the Vićba River flows into the larger Western Dvina, which is spanned in the city by the Kirov Bridge.
  • Vitebsk is the capital city of the Vitebsk Region, in Belarus. 
  • In June 1992, a monument to Chagall was erected on his native Pokrovskaja Street and a memorial inscription was placed on the wall of his house.
  • Vitebsk is Belarus’s fourth-largest city.
  • The official year of the founding of Vitebsk is 974, based on an anachronistic legend of founding by Olga of Kyiv, but the first mention in historical records dates from 1021, when Yaroslav the Wise of Kyiv gave it to Bryachislav Izyaslavich, Prince of Polotsk.
  • Vitebsk served by Vitebsk Vostochny Airport and Vitebsk Air Base.
  • The main universities of Vitebsk are Vitebsk State Technological University, Vitebsk State Medical University and Vitebsk State University named in honour of Pyotr Masherov.
  • In January 1991 Vitebsk celebrated the first Marc Chagall Festival.
  • The estimated Population of Vitebsk is 362,466.
  • In 1919, Vitebsk was made a part of the Socialist Soviet Republic of Byelorussia. Then it was transferred to the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, In 1924, it was returned to Belarus.
Facts About Vitebsk
Facts About Vitebsk