Ten fun facts about Slovakia
The country is such a small one that it could easily fit three times over into Minnesota.
Considering that it is such a tiny country, it has a whopping 300 castles. They tower over the stunning landscape almost everywhere you go.
According to a chromosomal study conducted in 2009, of all the non-Gypsy populations in the world, Slovaks have the highest percentage of Romani or gypsy genes.
Andy Warhol, the world famous pop artist was of Slovakian descent. The tennis champion, Martina Hingis was born in 1980 in Slovakia. Her father was Slovakian and her mother was Czech.
The caves in Slovakia are so unusual that the UNESCO has named a large number of them as “World Heritage Sites”. The rarest flowerlike formations called Aragonite formations can be seen here.
Central Europe’ largest fortified castle, Spis Castle is located here.
The true inspiration for Dracula resided in Slovakia’s Cachtice castle and it wasn’t a man, it was a woman!
The exquisite cut-crystal Celtic cross at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral had been gifted by the Irish but was made in Slovakia.
Though Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia, very few Slovaks actually lived here. Until the mid-20th century, most residents were Czechs, Hungarians, Germans or Austrians.
There are numerous churches here that are made completely of wood. Most don’t have a single nail in them. For numerous centuries, non- Roman Catholic churches were forbidden by law, to use any hard materials like metal and stone in their construction. This is one of the very few countries in the world that has preserved these marvels so well.
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