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Nitra: Slovakia's Religious Center.

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A September 2001 trip to Nitra by Wildcat Dianne

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Quote: My Slovak friends, Ivan, Miro, and Evka took me on a night trip to this medieval gem in September 2001. After centuries of war and destruction, Nitra has come through its trials and tribulations virtually unscathed and is worth a day or night trip when you visit Slovakia.

Nitra: Slovakia's Religious Center.

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Overview

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Nitra (German: Neutra; Hungarian: Nyitra; Original name: Nitrava) is a small city of 87,500 people located in the Tribec Mountain Range of southwestern Slovakia. Nitra and its people have suffered through centuries of war, foreign rule and occupation, and destruction but has persevered. I got to see much of this quaint little city on a early evening trip with my Slovak friends, and the sights that I would highly recommend are located in or near the hilltop Pribina Square. 1. The Castle. Located on the hill above Nitra in Pribina Square, Nitra's Castle dates from the 12th century and is a Slovak National Cultural Monument. Be sure to pose by the statue of Slovakia's first k...Read More

Nitra castle

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Attraction | "Hrad Nitra"

Nitra castle Photo, Nitra, Slovakia
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The Castle, or Hrad, at Nitra is located on the hilltop Pribina Square. The fortifications and Gothic cathedral are the heartbeat of this lovely complex. Hrad Nitra came into existence between the 12th and 13th centuries. The remnants of the basilica of St. Emeram are still standing today, along with an old cemetery. The first part of Hrad Nitra that was built was the upper cathedral from 1333-1355. The cathedral is split into an upper and lower level that was joined in the 17th century by a broad stairway. From 1622 to 1642, Hrad Nitra went through a baroque remodeling by Viennese artists and architects. As mentioned before, my friends and I explored Nitra at sunset and didn't ha...Read More

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Nitra castle
Above the old city of Nitra
Nitra, Slovakia

Pribina Square

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Attraction | "Namestie Pribina (Pribina Square)"

Pribina Square Photo, Nitra, Slovakia
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As mentioned in many other entries on this journal about Nitra, Slovakia, Namestie Pribina, or Pribina Square, is the heart of this religious center. The castle and seminary are located here. In its prime, it was the seat of the Bishop of Nitra. In the center of Pribina Square is a huge statue of Nitra's founder and namesake, Prince Pribina, who looks over Nitra and its people as if he was never kicked out of town in the 9th century! When my friends and I came to Nitra in September 2001, Pribina Square was quiet at sunset, with many couples holding hands and enjoying a romantic weekend out posing for pictures in front of the statue of Prince Pribina and looking at the Nitra skyline from the fo...Read More

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Pribina Square

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Churches and Seminaries

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Attraction | "Churches and Seminaries of Nitra"

Churches and Seminaries Photo, Nitra, Slovakia
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The Greater and Lesser Seminaries of Nitra and the Franciscan Church and Monastery were only seen in passing by my Slovak friends and I in 2001, but I learned enough about the history of these places to include them in my journal about Nitra. 1. The Franciscan Church and Monastery is located on Ulica Samova, below Pribina Square and the Castle. The church was built in the 17th century on the old site that was burned in the 15th century. Its architecture mirrors that of the Gesu in Rome and was destroyed during the Turkish occupation of Nitra (1663-1664). Reconstruction of the Franciscan Church didn't start until the early 18th century, and it took many years to restore it to its 17th-...Read More

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Churches and Seminaries
Vazilova and Pribina Square
Nitra, Slovakia

A Brief History of Nitra

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Nitra (pronounced nee-tra) is one of Slovakia's oldest towns dating from the year 828. Prince Pribina (for whom Pribina Square is named for), who was of Slavic ancestry, invited the Archbishop of Salzburg to what was then known as Nitrava to consecrate a church there, and that began over a millennium of the town of Nitra being the religious heart of Slovakia. After Prince Pribina was expelled from Nitra, the town suffered from many centuries of foreign occupation and wars starting with the Hungarians and Bavarians at the beginning of the 10th century, but this occupation made Nitra thrive instead of fail. It was during this time that Nitriya (the Hungarian spelling of Nitra) became the seat fo...Read More

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Wildcat Dianne

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