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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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Boutique Hotel Chrysso $109
Boutique Hotel Chrysso

Boutique Hotel Chrysso

Zvonárská 3, Kosice, Slovensko
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Košice Old Town, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hlavna Ulica, St. Elisabeth Cathedral, and Miklus Prison Museum. Cathedral of St. Elizabeth (Dom svatej Alzbety) and Crafts Lane are also within 10 minutes. Kosice Station is 10 minutes by foot.

    Horse inn Pension $60
    Horse inn Pension

    Horse inn Pension

    Zvonarska 17, Kosice
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Košice Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hlavna Ulica, Miklus Prison Museum, and St. Elisabeth Cathedral. Crafts Lane and Cathedral of St. Elizabeth (Dom svatej Alzbety) are also within 10 minutes. Kosice Station is 9 minutes by foot.

      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kosice
      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kosice

      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kosice

      Hlavna 1, Kosice
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Košice Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hlavna Ulica and St. Elisabeth Cathedral. Cathedral of St. Elizabeth (Dom svatej Alzbety) and Miklus Prison Museum are also within 10 minutes. Kosice Station is 12 minutes by foot.

        Boutique Hotel Bristol
        Boutique Hotel Bristol

        Boutique Hotel Bristol

        Orlia 3, Kosice
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Košice Old Town, this spa hotel is steps from Miklus Prison Museum, Hlavna Ulica, and St. Elisabeth Cathedral. Crafts Lane and Cathedral of St. Elizabeth (Dom svatej Alzbety) are also within 5 minutes. Kosice Station is 9 minutes by foot.

          GOLDEN ROYAL Boutique hotel & Spa $97
          GOLDEN ROYAL Boutique hotel & Spa

          GOLDEN ROYAL Boutique hotel & Spa

          Vodna 8, Kosice
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Košice Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Crafts Lane and Miklus Prison Museum. Cathedral of St. Elizabeth (Dom svatej Alzbety) and Peace Marathon Square are also within 10 minutes. Kosice Station is 9 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Yasmin $123
            Hotel Yasmin

            Hotel Yasmin

            Tyršovo nábrežie 1, Kosice
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Kosice hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Peace Marathon Square and East Slovak Museum. Cathedral of St. Elizabeth (Dom svatej Alzbety) and Crafts Lane are also within 15 minutes. Kosice Station is 14 minutes by foot.

              City Residence Apartment Hotel $101
              City Residence Apartment Hotel

              City Residence Apartment Hotel

              Bacikova 18, Kosice
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Kosice aparthotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of East Slovak Museum and Peace Marathon Square. Cathedral of St. Elizabeth (Dom svatej Alzbety) and University of Pavol Jozef Safarik are also within 10 minutes. Kosice Station is 19 minutes by foot.

                Hotel Ambassador $104
                Hotel Ambassador

                Hotel Ambassador

                Hlavná 101, Kosice
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Kosice hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Peace Marathon Square, Cathedral of St. Elizabeth (Dom svatej Alzbety), and East Slovak Museum. Crafts Lane and Miklus Prison Museum are also within 10 minutes. Kosice Station is 15 minutes by foot.