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Bratislava - On the border with 3 countries

St. Elizabeth Church or Blue Church The Blue Church was built between 1909-1913 in the Hungarian-Secessionist art nouveau style. It is a Roman Catholic church consecrated to St. Elizabeth of Hungary. The steeple is 36.8 meters (120.8 ft.) high and capped with an Apostolic cross (double cross). The roof is made of blue cover plates. Blue Church Note the mosaic medallion with St. Elizabeth over  the main door. Above that is the cup and host, a symbol of Eucharistic sacrifice. The Church is located   on Bezručova Street, a short walk from the city center. Interior of Blue Church Hlavné Námestie (Main Square) with Old Town Hall and Roland Fountain The Old Town Hall is now home to the Bratislava City Museum with an exhibit of torture devices, among others. The Roland fountain was initiated in 1572 to supply water to the public with the support of Maximilian II of Hungary. The statue on top of the column is of the knight, Roland, the protector of Bratislava, but may also be a representation


Masaryk Square and the Plague Column with the Virgin Mary Ostrava was founded in 1267 on the banks of the Ostrá (Ostravice) river. The town prospered from mining its rich black coal deposits. That was halted in 1994 due to environmental degradation. Ostrava today is one of the major European hubs in the automobile industry.  Ostrava is the second largest city in Czechia in area and the third largest in terms of population. The city’s logo   Ostrava !!!   embodies its dynamics. The three question marks allude to its vitality, energy and confidence. The Ostrava blue is taken from traditional armorial emblems. Church of St. Wenceslas  St. Wenceslas is the oldest monument in Ostrava. The first church was built on this site in the 13th century. The church has been restored a few times over the centuries.  Notice the Baroque onion dome which is a later addition.  Cathedral of the Divine Saviour When the Church of St. Wenceslas could no longer accommodate the increasing number of parishioners