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  • folk music
    James Apr 7 2016 Slovak Traditions 0 comments In Slovakia tradition is also kept alive in the form of music and dance Slovak folk music is popular throughout Slovakia with different regions performing their own unique dances When Slovak folk groups perform a dance from a particular region they wear the traditional costumes typical of that region Slovak folk dances are especially popular Read More folk music Books by David

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  • Slovak Inventors
    constructing a petrol motor driven helicopter which he himself flew up to 4 meters high and for over 1500 meters in 1905 REV JOZEF MURGAŠ Jozef Murgaš was born in Tajov in Slovakia and at the age of 18 joined the priesthood As well as his religion both science and art also played an important part in his life In 1889 Rev Jozef Murgaš attended the Academy of Art in Munich where he had a lot of success Meanwhile his fascination for science continued and he enrolled at the Electrical College of Vienna where he studied the field of wireless telegraphy Murgaš emigrated from Slovakia to Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania where he achieved his first scientific breakthrough Murgaš devised a system which greatly improved Morse code Murgaš Rotary spark system allowed for much faster communication through the use of musical tones He patented his new invention which is now listed as the Wireless Telegraphy Apparatus as well as 16 more inventions in this field These patents would go on to form the foundations for the invention of the radio A lack of money and a number of financial setbacks led the humble Murgaš to give the younger and more prosperous Marconi the rights to all his patents Murgaš did not seek recognition for his work and indeed history remembers only Marconi as the inventor of the radio ŠTEFAN BANIČ Štefan Banič was born in Nestic part of Smolenice in Slovakia At the age of 37 Banič emigrated to America where he found work as a coal miner in Pennsylvania A tragic accident that he witnessed in 1912 led Banič to build a prototype of a parachute and then register it with the U S Patent Office On the 3rd June 1914 he demonstrated how his parachute worked in the most daring style by jumping from a building in Washington He later went on to jump from an army aircraft Banič kindly gave away his patent rights to the U S Army Although the parachute proved to be extremely important during WWI he received little fame or fortune for his invention WOLFGANG VON KEMPELEN Wolfgang von Kempelen was born in Bratislava and spent most of his life in Vienna where he worked in the service of Maria Theresa ruler of the Habsburg Empire Von Kempelen was quite simply a genius Among his many achievements was the invention of a speaking machine in 1791 and a special typewriter for the blind His most famous invention however was the construction of The Turk a chess playing automaton which was later found out to be a hoax JOZEF KAROL HELL The invention of the water pillar the water pump machine by Jozef Karol Hell in 1749 played a big part in Banská Štiavnica becoming one of the biggest centres of silver mining in Europe during the latter half of the C18th His first machine could pump water up from the depth of 212 metres Hell then continued to build a serious of pumping machines between

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  • Famous Slovaks
    James Apr 7 2016 Famous Slovaks 0 comments Despite her small size Slovakia has provided the world with some important inventors throughout the years Here we take a look at some of the more well known Slovak inventors JÁN BAHÝĹ Ján Bahýľ born in Zvolenská Slatina in 1845 is probably the greatest of all the Slovak inventors In 1869 Bahýľ graduated from the Banská Read More inventors Books by David

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  • inventors
    Apr 7 2016 Famous Slovaks 0 comments Despite her small size Slovakia has provided the world with some important inventors throughout the years Here we take a look at some of the more well known Slovak inventors JÁN BAHÝĹ Ján Bahýľ born in Zvolenská Slatina in 1845 is probably the greatest of all the Slovak inventors In 1869 Bahýľ graduated from the Banská Read More inventors Books by David James

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  • 14 Must See Castles in Slovakia
    Museum This permanent exhibition and the superb views of the surrounding countryside that the castle offers you makes Spiš Castle well worth a visit KEZMAROK CASTLE The Castle at Kezmarok is the only fully preserved castle in the Spis region It was originally a medieval Gothic fortress built to protect the town of Kezmarok The first exhibition was opened in the castle in 1931 and today the whole of the interior has been given over to the museum which displays a number of permanent expositions and many beautiful exhibits ČERVENÝ KAMEŇ CASTLE One of the best preserved castles in Slovakia Červený Kamen is situated at the foothills of the Small Carpathian mountain range The castle has a unique complex of monumental cellars as well as an extensive collection of original household artefacts The castle gallery contains works from old masters predominantly from Central Europe and there is also a very good military exhibition ČACHTICE CASTLE At the beginning of the C17th Čachtice Castle belonged to the Countess Elizabeth Báthory As any vampire enthusiast will tell you this was the infamous Blood Countess of Čachtice who according to legend bathed in the blood of virgins to preserve her youth In reality the Countess was one of the biggest serial killers in history who tortured and murdered over 600 women from the nearby villages BECKOV CASTLE 10 miles South of Trenčín you can visit the ruin of Beckov Castle which lies on a steep rock face overlooking the village of Beckov In the village itself at the North end of the main square there is a museum which documents the castle s history It is from outside the museum where you are able to enjoy the best view of the castle TRENČÍN CASTLE Trenčín Castle overlooks the town from its place on a high rocky headland Today Trenčín Castle is owned by the Trenčín Museum and there are a number of expositions housed in various parts of the castle including an interesting exhibition on Present Slovak Heraldic Production Engraved into the castle rock is an inscription by the Roman army which dates back to 179AD BOJNICE CASTLE One of the best known historical monuments in Slovakia Bojnice Castle is also one of the most beautiful Today the fairy tale castle houses art and historical expositions all year round There is also a falconry in the grounds and the oldest lime tree in Slovakia However it is the unconventional cultural activities such as the International Ghost and Spirit festival which set it apart from other castles in Slovakia BUDATÍN CASTLE Budatín Castle belongs to the water castles that in the past were protected by streams and moats The water castles were built in the period after the Tatar invasion throughout Slovakia to help prevent any further invasions Today there are three exhibitions of the Považské museum housed here Both the archaeological and the historical exhibitions are worth a quick look but the real attraction here is the Tinker Art exhibition which is the

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  • Slovak History
    varied in both their function and appearance Below I take a look at 14 must see Slovak castles all of which are well worth a visit DEVÍN CASTLE Devín Castle is Read More castles Voľby 2002 Slovak General Election David James Apr 7 2016 Slovak History 0 comments What with the recent Presidential Elections in 2016 I thought it might be interesting to take a look back at the very

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  • castles
    James Apr 7 2016 Slovak History Slovak Tourist Attractions 0 comments Thanks to its turbulent and constantly changing history we are able to marvel at a wide array of castles in Slovakia which are extremely varied in both their function and appearance Below I take a look at 14 must see Slovak castles all of which are well worth a visit DEVÍN CASTLE Devín Castle is Read More castles Books

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  • The Three Kings (Traja králi)
    the holidays and included priests sextons singers altar boys and even the mayor They would go round the houses and bless the people with holy water and frankincense and would write above the door with a blessed chalk the initials of the three kings G Gaspar M Melichar and B Baltazar The Three Kings the priest and the carol singer were often invited into the people s homes where the woman of the house would sit the visitors around the table and bring them some treats After the guests had gone she would quickly sit on the same place where the priest had sat which was supposed to help her hens lay more eggs all the year round If a naked girl sat on that place she was supposed to get married in one year and if she wanted to get married even quicker she had to wrap herself in the tablecloth that had laid on the table during the time when the carol singers were there This tablecloth was also supposed to help a person with back trouble get rid of backaches Another tradition typical for this day was the blessing of water salt chalks candles and other objects of everyday use Running water during the period of the winter solstice was supposed to have a stronger effect than water from any other period in the year In the Greek Orthodox and Protestant parts of Slovakia priests even blessed water directly in ponds and rivers and used to call it Jordan water In the region of Orava people used to pour this blessed water onto their homes and stables and then keep the rest of it because it was believed that this water wouldn t go off the whole year The blessed salt and chalks were supposed to protect

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