Trencin Travel Blog

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Later the same day we visited Trencin which was a really nice city. The sun was getting still higher on the sky and we had passed 40 degrees. We were heading for some lunch on the walking street and we found a nice little outdoor café with shade.

The city is beautifully located at the foot of the Strazovske vrchy hills in the valley of the Vah River, the region of Trencin. The city has a rich history, a large number of historical monuments and numerous cultural events guarantee a visit full of leisure activities and discoveries.

The citycenter is just beneeth the high point of Trencin which is the fortified castle which overlooks the city. The fortified castle was built on a huge rock, on which a Roman inscription testifies to Trencin's history.

Its construction probably goes back to the 11th century and building continued until the 14th century. It became the property of Matus Cak, a prominent Slovak historical figure, who ordered the construction of the Tower which carries his name and which is today, one of the symbols of the city.

The castle has been renovated and is in excellent condition. Exhibitions are organized here as well as medieval music, classical and folkloric concerts plus medieval shows. The castle can also be visited at night.  On the hills leading to the castle is the beautiful Catholic Parish Church of the Virgin Mary. In the center of the Old Town is Peace Square (Mierove Namestie) where you will find a column erected in 1713 during the plague epidemics.

Around the Square is the Trencin Museum as well as a 19th century synagogue built not far from the Piarist Church, next to which is a former monastery which today houses the Gallery of M.A. Bazonvky, a modern painter.

The surroundings of Trencin are also well-known for their fortified castles. The Beckov Castle, located southwest of Trencin, is particularly imposing. Constructed on a rock in the 13th century, this majestic castle towers above the surrounding hills and plains.

I must say I really enjoyed this city - we had a beautiful afternoon walking here.

CFD says:
If you would have stayed a week longer (or so),you would have experienced a really cool medieval festival with beers, sword fighting and canons. And gladiators on stage.
Posted on: Oct 31, 2007
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