Cathedral of St Elizabeth

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This 14th-century cathedral dominates Košice's main square, its gables bristling above tall, stained-glass windows while colourful roof tiles evoke a resplendent scaled dragon. One of Europe's easternmost Gothic cathedrals, 60m-long St Elizabeth is the largest in the country. Ascend 160 stone steps up the narrow stairwell of 59.7m-tall Sigisimund Tower to peep out across the city.

Below the church, a crypt contains the tomb of Duke Ferenc Rákóczi, who was exiled to Turkey after the failed 18th-century Hungarian revolt against Austria.

In summer, guided tours illuminate the history behind various features of the church, as well as entering the oft-closed St Michael's Chapel outside.

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1. St Michael's Chapel

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2. East Slovak Gallery

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3. Shire Hall

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4. Singing Fountain

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5. Lower Gate Underground Museum

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6. Hlavné Nám


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7. Plague Column

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8. Rodošto & Mikluš Prison

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