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Dóm Sv. Alžbety (St. Elizabeth’s Cathedral)
ImageSt. Elizabeth’s Cathedral is not only a historical building the city of Košice is very proud on. Its grandiosity ranks this building among Gothic jewels of global importance. The construction of this cathedral was initiated in 1378 at the original site of a parish church, which was also dedicated to St. Elizabeth. The engineers designing the cathedral were inspired by Viktor’s church in Xantene, a town on the Rhine River.  The construction of the building was carried out in stages and lasted for 130 years and the original conception was changing as well. The main nave was crossed by a transept. The Kromerova Kaplnka chapel became a part of the complex in 1470 and in 1477 also the Szatmáryho Kaplnka chapel, St Joseph’s chapel, a pastoforium and the southern tower. During the town siege towards the end of the 15th century, the building was severely damaged. The repairs and the construction of the chancel lasted until 1508. At the end of the 19th century the cathedral was reconstructed according to a five-nave conception. The decoration of St. Elizabeth’s Cathedral is very impressive. The decoration of the portals has been done in great detail and indicates the priceless treasures hidden in the inside of the Cathedral itself.  The most important features of the interior are: the main altar of St. Elizabeth, a sculpture of the Immaculata, the wing altar of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, the stone epitaph of the Reiner family, a wooden sculpture of the Virgin Mary, the side-altar of St. Anthony of Padua, a bronze baptismal font, wall paintings and a large number of other valuable items.
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