Situated on the banks of the Torysa River in eastern Slovakia, 38km north of Košice, Prešov is the country’s third largest city and the regional headquarters.
Most of its tourist attractions are concentrated along its main street (widening into a square), and its neighbourhood. The main square started taking shape in the 13th century, however most of its buildings date from the 15th century; these were later embellished with Renaissance style facades, decorated with friezes.
The city’s dominant building is the St. Nicholas Church, built during the 14th century, in the Gothic style. The building which formerly served as the Lutheran Church and College dates from the 17th century. The city’s Town Hall was built in the 16th century. The Moorish style Orthodox Synagogue, built in 1898, currently houses a museum.
St. Nicholas Church, Presov
The Renaissance style Rákóczi House, located on the main street, dates from the 17th century; it was here that Transylvania’s Prince György Rákóczi I signed the Treaty of Prešov with the envoys of the Austrian Emperor in 1633.
One of the bastions of the city’s medieval protective wall is still standing.