Bardejov – UNESCO site

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Bardejov – UNESCO site

Bardejov is a town in North-Eastern Slovakia. It is situated in the Šariš region on a floodplain terrace of the Topľa River, in the hills of the Beskyd Mountains. It exhibits numerous cultural monuments in its completely intact medieval town center. The town is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

The historical centre („Inner Town“), is located within the fortification walls around the main square. Similarly to Telč, it was declared the Czechoslovak Urban Heritage Zone in 1950. The Inner Town consists of four main heritage objects. These are:

1) gothic fortification (walls, bastions, and gates)

2) gothic catholic Basilica of st. Giles

3) gothic-renaissance Town Hall

4) about 30 gothic and renaissance burghers houses.

Outside along the Inner Town’s walls, there is located the Jewish town („Jewish Suburbia“), consisting of few blocks of houses and a synagogue. In 1970, the Old Synygogue was declaredas the National Cultural Heritage object, which is up today the highest national level of heritage object protection.

In 2000, Bardejov also entered the prestigious UNESCO list.