St. Urban’s Tower, Kosice

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The Urban Tower in Košice, Slovakia is originally a Gothic prismatic campanile with a pyramidal roof. It was erected in the 14th century.A church bell installed in the tower has been dedicated to Saint Urban, the patron of vine-dressers. The bell was cast in a mould by the bell-founder Franciscus Illenfeld of Olomouc in 1557. Its weight is 7 tonnes.In 1775 the pyramidal roof was constructed with annion in the Baroque style with an iron double cross. An archade passage was erected around the tower in 1912. There are 36 old gravestones bricked into the exterior walls of the St. Urban Tower.In 1966 the tower was damaged by fire and the St. Urban Bell was destroyed as well. The reconstructed tower was reopened in 1971. The renovated bell was located in the front of the tower and a copy of the bell was installed in the campanile.The East Slovak Museum set up an impressive exhibition of foundrywork in the tower after the reconstruction in 1977. It was removed in 1995. Today, there is a unique wax museum exhibition in the tower, portraying historical personalities pertaining to Košice's history.
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  • The tower served as a bell tower and is an important part of the historic city center along with the Cathedral, the Theater and the medieval Chapel. Its historic value is increased by the number of fi...  more »
  • Sitting next to the cathedral it can easily be missed however, take time to wander around it and appreciate the historical value. We sat at a cafe opposite the cathedral and my eyes kept looking at th...  more »
  • The Tower of St. Urbana was once the function free-standing Bell Tower for St Paul's Cathedral. Elizabeth. At the present time is not accessible and before the Tower Bell is dedicated to Saint Urban.
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