The Urban Tower (Slovak: Urbanova veža) in Košice, Slovakia is originally a Gothic prismatic campanile with a pyramidal roof. It was erected in the 14th century.Use our Kosice trip builder app to add St. Urban’s Tower and other attractions to your Kosice vacation plans.
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 (coming from the 14th and 15th centuries, one of these comes from the Roman Empire and dates back to the 4th century) 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 (made by employees of VSŽ Steel Works Košice in 1996) was installed in the campanile.
The East Slovak Museum set up an exhibition of foundrywork in the tower after the reconstruction in 1977. It was removed in 1995. In the 2000s, until the early 2010s, the tower also housed a unique wax museum exhibition in the tower, portraying historical personalities pertaining to Košice's history. Since then, the museum has closed.
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This Gothic Bell Tower stands beside St,\. Elizabeth's Cathedral and is dedicated to St Urban the patron of vine-dressers. The tower was destroyed by a fire in 1966 and was rebuilt in 1971. The... more »
Right next to the historical district. Usually surrounded by craft markets though be aware these close quite early. more »
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