Palaces, manors and town halls in Slovakia

Grassalkovich Palace

The Grassalkovich Palace is the residence of the president of Slovakia. The building is a Rococo/late Baroque summer palace with a French garden. It was built in 1760 for Count Antal Grassalkovich, a Hungarian noble serving as the head of the Hungarian Chamber (a sort of ministry of economy and finance for the Kingdom of Hungary), by architect Anton Mayerhofer. It features many beautiful rooms and an impressive staircase. ...
Founded: 1760 | Location: Bratislava, Slovakia

Betliar Manor

Betliar Manor house was appeared like forward fortification of Krásna Hôrka castle. The core of manor house was built in the 15th century. Štefan Andrássy began a change of this building on luxury formal residence. Manor house was rebuilt on three-storey hunting lodge and today is his appearance relatively similar. Exposition of manor house consists of collection of works of art, historical fur ...
Founded: 15th century | Location: Betliar, Slovakia

Markušovce Manor

Markušovce manor house was built in 1643 and is now a museum, together with the rococo belvedere or garden house "Dardanely", dating from 1778, which stands in its grounds; this contains a collection of musical instruments and is frequently used for concerts.
Founded: 1643 | Location: Markušovce, Slovakia

Budimír Manor

The younger manor house in Budimír with a strikingly smart Rococo architecture is set in a cared after French garden and English park. The manor is the Classicist Theresian structure from the second third of the 18th century. It was later adapted. Originally it was the residence of the noble family Ujházy. The rooms have splendid domes and a wall paintings have survived in what was once a representative room ...
Founded: 18th century | Location: Budimír, Slovakia

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Kalozha Church

The Kalozha church of Saints Boris and Gleb is the oldest extant structure in Hrodna. It is the only surviving monument of ancient Black Ruthenian architecture, distinguished from other Orthodox churches by prolific use of polychrome faceted stones of blue, green or red tint which could be arranged to form crosses or other figures on the wall.

The church is a cross-domed building supported by six circular pillars. The outside is articulated with projecting pilasters, which have rounded corners, as does the building itself. The ante-nave contains the choir loft, accessed by a narrow gradatory in the western wall. Two other stairs were discovered in the walls of the side apses; their purpose is not clear. The floor is lined with ceramic tiles forming decorative patterns. The interior was lined with innumerable built-in pitchers, which usually serve in Eastern Orthodox churches as resonators but in this case were scored to produce decorative effects. For this reason, the central nave has never been painted.

The church was built before 1183 and survived intact, depicted in the 1840s by Michał Kulesza, until 1853, when the south wall collapsed, due to its perilous location on the high bank of the Neman. During restoration works, some fragments of 12th-century frescoes were discovered in the apses. Remains of four other churches in the same style, decorated with pitchers and coloured stones instead of frescoes, were discovered in Hrodna and Vaŭkavysk. They all date back to the turn of the 13th century, as do remains of the first stone palace in the Old Hrodna Castle.

In 2004, the church was included in the Tentative List of UNESCO"s World Heritage Sites.