Zvolen (2013)
August 2013
So many cities in Slovakia have their own castle
and at least part of their medieval city wall
Zvolen's castle is undergoing restoration
At least part of the site serves as a branch of the National Gallery
The town square is named for the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) and contains many memorials
Church bells were ringing on this peaceful Sunday morning
We traveled 6 miles to the little village of Zolna where the tiny, 13th century church of St Matthew contains medieval frescoes
Our guidebook said that the church was open only for Sunday Mass
However, on this Sunday no one unlocked the gate or came for Mass.
Local residents probably had more up-to-date information
than our guidebook did.