"ILAVA" Ilava by nelinka
Ilava Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 10 photos
... and today people living and praying next to them.
Well, we have to admit it, everybody in Slovakia knows this little town mostly for its prison. The prison itself is like a town in a town. It remains closed behind its thick and high walls. And life has been going on around these walls, once not so high and thick as now, for seven hundred years.
ILAVA, is situated in western Slovakia, just 10 km from the Czech borders and 150 km to the north from the capital city of Bratislava.
The town of cca 6000 inhabitants is surrounded by 2 mountain ranges, the Biele Karpathy (White Carpathians) and the Strazovske vrchy (Strazov mountains) with the highest peak Strazov, 1213 metres above the sea level. The town lies at the river Vah, the longest one in Slovakia (407 km).
In the center of the town dominates the former castle, which was turned into Trinitarian monastery in the 17th century and into prison in the 19th century. One part of the former monastery complex is also a baroque church from the 18th century. The entrance to the church leads between thick walls with fence and barbed wire on their top. It is here where Ilava believers celebrate the holy mass.
(The Trade Museum in the part Klobusice posseses the collections of old means of payment, cashiers, invites for a walk through the centuries describing the development of business and trade events in our country - unfortunately it has been CLOSED AND THE COLLECTIONS TRANSFERRED TO BRATISLAVA).
The Vrsatec hills offer beautiful natural scenery with a splendid view over the Vah river valley, white rocks, and ruins of the Vrstatec castle.
The region capital, Trencin, is 20 km far from Ilava and lures many tourists with its castle, the 3rd biggest in Slovakia. The antique Roman inscription on the castle´s rock prove the presence of the Romans at this place in 179 AD. Other atractivities of the city are : the charming historical center, The Vojtech Zamarovsky museum - V. Zamarovsky is the most significant (Czecho)Slovak writer of the literature of fact, whose works are dedicated to antique Greece, Rome, Egypt,... and have been translated into 11 languages. There is also The City Museum and The Bazovsky Gallery in the center. One of Trencin´s most important events is surely the fashion trade fair "Trencin, the town of fashion".
- Pros:An old town with history connected with monastery which was turned to prison and brewery, the Trade museum, one of only few of its kind.
- Cons:The prison is full, the brewery closed :-(
- In a nutshell:Small slovak city at the borders with Czechia
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