The conference will take place at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, from 26 to 28 September 2018.

 

Nitra – A City of History and Spirit

 

Nitra is one of the oldest cities in Slovakia. Situated on the river Nitra and overlooked by Zobor mountain, it nowadays serves as one of the economic and cultural centres of the western part of the country. Numerous historical sites, a dynamic cultural life as well as the lively character of the city contribute to its unique atmosphere.

One of the first picturesque sights encountered when entering the city from the west is the church of St. Michael the Archangel. One of the oldest churches in Slovakia, it has kept watch over the city of Nitra for almost a millennium. The church dates back to the 11th century and is located in the village of Dražovce, which belongs to the municipality of Nitra.

The dominant feature of the old town is Nitra Castle. Originally built in the 11th century on the site of a Slavic fort, it was the seat of the Principality of Nitra and the rulers of Great Moravia. It consists of four individual parts: St. Emeram’s Cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace, service buildings and Vazil’s Tower. The castle area and the cathedral are accessible to the public.

Historically, the city of Nitra was one of the most important centres of Jewish life in Slovakia. The synagogue in Nitra was built in 1908–11 and is currently listed as a protected cultural site. The facade is richly decorated with Moorish and Byzantine patterns and the domed sanctuary and women’s gallery are supported by four pillars. The synagogue is open to the public.

The lively spirit of Nitra is indeed influenced by the fact that it hosts two well-known Slovak universities. The city offers a rich and varied cultural life, including numerous exhibitions and folk and social events. There is a wide range of restaurants serving domestic and international cuisine, as well as many picturesque cafés, confectioner’s shops and traditional bakeries. There is also a wide selection of hostelries for lovers of good wine, beer and traditional Slovak spirits.