Photographer's Note

This is a postcard from the Slovakian town of Bardejov. I send it to you as a sign that I am back on TE after one month's absence.

Bardejov, in north-eastern Slovakia, near the border with Poland, is recognized by the UNESCO as a world heritage. The central area is a remarkably well preserved medieval town, still partly surrounded by a wall. The main feature is this central square, Radničné námestie, surrounded by mainly Renaissance buildings. In the centre of the square is the Town hall, built in 1505, today housing a fine museum.

I was very impressed to see this square so well preserved and protected from the ugly billboards and huge umbrellas of cafés that destroy the views of so many other squares and streets in other places.

Bardejov is located off the main roads and doesn't receive the same herds of tourists as some other Slovakian towns. There are surprisingly few photos from this place on TE, and the last one was posted several years ago. I might also have overlooked it unless Malgo (emka) had recommended it. And like Malgo I started my visit by climbing the church tower at the northern end of the square. Unfortunately the weather was rather dull on the day of my arrival. The next day the sun was back and the sky was blue, after a very cold and rainy week, but I had no wish to climb the very narrow and very steep stairs once again. I spent parts of that day taking pictures in the square and the surrounding areas, which I expect to show here later.

As usual I was just as interested in looking straight down as admiring the general view. I am always amazed at how different a street or square can look when seen from above.

You can see a larger version of this photo here.

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