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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  • This building is very old, but don't feel broken, special, very emotional point very easy to find, right next to the church, if you go to the church light must come to see
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  • Right next to the cathedral, in the centre of the main square, is the medieval tower of St. Urbana. Although it is also built in a Gothic style as a cathedral and chapel, there is no such monumental and molding that have two other objects. The Kulla is tall and a residential and surrounded by a small hoof with Colonadas. It's a bit decreed and neglected on the outside. And the hallway is too dilated and the tower itself is closed. She needs a thorough improvement to receive the glow she deserves. I'm sure the view from the top of the tower is fantastic.
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