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St. Elisabeth Cathedral

Medieval legend says that removing one stone from this 600-year-old cathedral could cause its collapse. Visit Slovakia’s largest church to discover this legend and even more extraordinary facts. 

St. Elisabeth Cathedral (Dóm svätej Alžbety) is one of Slovakia’s most monumental religious landmarks. Visit this ancient church to appreciate its striking façade, browse exquisite frescoes, see tombs and enjoy sweeping city views. Construction of St. Elisabeth Cathedral began around 1380 and continued until 1508. It is widely considered as Europe’s easternmost Gothic-style cathedral. 

The imposing exterior features multiple spires, pilasters, reliefs and tall, narrow windows. Decorating the northern doorway is an intricate relief of the Last Judgement and sculptures of the 12 apostles. Note a gargoyle on the southwest wall, which supposedly depicts the alcoholic wife of the church’s architect. 

Legend states that there’s one hollow stone set in the walls and that the cathedral would collapse if it is removed. Another folkloric story is that the building’s circumference is equal to the length of the city’s former defensive walls. 

The inside has a Latin cross layout with huge arches and a vaulted ceiling. There are frescoes by a local 15th-century artist called Stefan and a Gothic double spiral staircase, thought to be one of the oldest in Europe. Marvel at the collection of 48 paintings at the Altar of St. Elisabeth, which portray themes such as the Advent and the Passion of Christ. Don’t miss the vault and sarcophagi of Francis II Rákóczi, who headed a rebellion against the Habsburgs. 

Climb to the observation deck of the 197-feet (60-meter) tall Northern Tower for panoramic views of the Old Town. Spot major city landmarks while gazing along Hlavná Ulica, Košice’s majestic central promenade. During the climb you’ll be able to see the mechanisms of a clock and the bells of the cathedral’s carillon. 

The cathedral stands at the heart of Hlavná Ulica. Košice train station is about a 10-minute walk to the east. Nearby city attractions include the Lower Gate underground museum, Singing Clock and State Theatre. Pavement cafés located on Hlavná Ulica afford wonderful views of the city’s architecture.  

St. Elisabeth Cathedral is open daily and admission is free. A nominal fee is applicable to climb the tower.


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Lodging Near St. Elisabeth Cathedral

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$70
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kosice

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kosice

Hlavna 1, Kosice
4.5
of 5, from 35 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Kosice, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hlavna Ulica and St. Elisabeth Cathedral. Miklus Prison Museum and Steel Arena are also within 15 minutes.

$53
Apartment De LUXE

Apartment De LUXE

Mäsiarska 39, Kosice
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Kosice, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of St. Elisabeth Cathedral, Peace Marathon Square, and Miklus Prison Museum. Hlavna Ulica and University of Pavol Jozef Safarik are also within 15 minutes.

$85
Hotel Zlatý Dukát

Hotel Zlatý Dukát

Hlavná 16, Kosice
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kosice, this hotel is steps from Hlavna Ulica and St. Elisabeth Cathedral. Miklus Prison Museum and Peace Marathon Square are also within 15 minutes.

$75
Boutique Hotel Chrysso

Boutique Hotel Chrysso

Zvonárská 3, Kosice
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Kosice, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hlavna Ulica, St. Elisabeth Cathedral, and Miklus Prison Museum. Peace Marathon Square and Steel Arena are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$67
Hotel Yasmin

Hotel Yasmin

Tyršovo nábrežie 1, Kosice
4.6
of 5, from 23 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Kosice, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Pavol Jozef Safarik and Peace Marathon Square. Miklus Prison Museum and St. Elisabeth Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$44
Colosseo Residence

Colosseo Residence

Stúrova 2, Kosice
4.2
of 5, from 8 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the boardwalk, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hlavna Ulica and St. Elisabeth Cathedral. Miklus Prison Museum and Steel Arena are also within 15 minutes.

$98
City Residence

City Residence

Bacikova 18, Kosice
5.0
of 5, from 17 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kosice, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Peace Marathon Square and University of Pavol Jozef Safarik. St. Elisabeth Cathedral and Miklus Prison Museum are also within 15 minutes.

$54
Penzión Hradbová

Penzión Hradbová

Hradbová 9, Kosice
4.7
of 5, from 3 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Kosice, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Elisabeth Cathedral, Hlavna Ulica, and Miklus Prison Museum. Peace Marathon Square and University of Pavol Jozef Safarik are also within 15 minutes.