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City centre of Pre?ov
City centre of Pre?ov
Flag of Pre?ov
Coat of arms of Pre?ov
Pre?ov is located in Pre?ov Region
Location in Slovakia
Pre?ov is located in Slovakia
Pre?ov (Slovakia)
Coordinates: 49°00?06?N 21°14?22?E / 49.00167°N 21.23944°E / 49.00167; 21.23944Coordinates: 49°00?06?N 21°14?22?E / 49.00167°N 21.23944°E / 49.00167; 21.23944
Country Slovakia
First mentioned1247
 o MayorIng. Andrea Tur?anová
 o Total70.43 km2 (27.19 sq mi)
250 m (820 ft)
 o Total87,886
 o Density1,247/km2 (3,230/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
Postal code
080 01, 080 02, 080 03, 080 04, 080 05, 080 06
Area code(s)+421-51
Car platePO, PV
Historic houses and St. Nicolaus Church
Torysa riverbank in Pre?ov

Pre?ov (Slovak pronunciation: ['prew] , Ukrainian: /Priashiv, Hungarian: Eperjes) is a city in Eastern Slovakia. It is a seat of the administrative Pre?ov Region (Slovak: Pre?ovský kraj) and ?ari? as well as the historic Sáros County of the Kingdom of Hungary. With a population of approximately 90,000 for the city, and in total about 110,000 in the metropolitan area, it is the third-largest city in Slovakia. It lends its name to the Eperjes-Tokaj Hill-Chain which was considered as the geographic entity on the first map of Hungary from 1528.[2] There are many tourist attractions in Pre?ov such as castles, pools and the old town.


The first written mention is from 1247 (Theutonici de Epuryes).[3] Several authors tried to derive the name from Hungarian: eper (strawberry). The theory was questioned in the 1940s and newer Slovak works suggests a derivation from Slavic personal name Pre?/Pre?ä and its later phonetic adaptation (introduction of e before the initial consonant group and removal of the suffix, the original form then ceased to exist).[3] Strawberries[a] depicted on the coat of arms of Pre?ov are not necessarily determinative, the Latin name Fragopolis (strawberry city) is only a modern translation.[3]

Other alternative names of the city include German: Eperies (between 1938 and 1945 also Preschau), Hungarian Eperjes, Polish Preszów, Romany Peryeshis, Russian (Pryashev) and Rusyn and Ukrainian (Priashiv).

People from Pre?ov are traditionally known as ko?are which means "horse keepers".[b]


The old town is a showcase of Baroque, Rococo and Gothic architecture. The historical center is lined with buildings built in these styles. In the suburbs, however, the Soviet influence is clearly evident through the massive concrete panel buildings (paneláky) of the housing estates (sídliska) and the Sek?ov district. More Soviet-style architecture is seen in the government buildings near the city center.

Significant industries in the city include mechanical and electrical engineering companies and the clothing industry. Solivary, the only salt mining and processing company in Slovakia, also operates in the city. The city is a seat of a Greek Catholic metropolitan see and of the primate of the autocephalous Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia.

Many concerts, operas, operettas and stage plays are performed at the new building of the Joná? Záborský Theatre (Divadlo Joná?a Záborského), as well as at the older theatre premises.

The city and the region were contenders for European Capital of Culture 2013.[4] The nearby city of Ko?ice was chosen.


Habitation in the area around Pre?ov dates as far back as the Paleolithic period. The oldest discovered tools and mammoth bones are 28,000 years old. Continuous settlement dates back to the 8th century.

After the Mongol invasion in 1241, King Béla IV of Hungary invited German colonists to fill the gaps in population. Pre?ov became a German-speaking settlement, related to the Zipser German and Carpathian German areas,[2] and was elevated to the rank of a royal free town in 1347 by Louis the Great.[5]

In 1412, Pre?ov helped to create the Pentapolitana, the league of five towns, a trading group. The first record of a school dates from 1429. After the collapse of the old Kingdom of Hungary after the Ottoman invasion of 1526, Pre?ov became a border city and changed hands several times between two usually rivalrous domains, Habsburg Royal Hungary and Hungarian states normally backed by the Ottomans: the Eastern Hungarian Kingdom, the Principality of Transylvania, and the Principality of Upper Hungary.

Still, Pre?ov went through an economic boom thanks to trade with Poland. In the 16th century it brought in grape vines from the nearby Tokaj wine region, and was home to German-Hungarian, Polish and Greek wine merchants. Some of the first books on Tokaj wine were written in German in Pre?ov.[2]

In 1572, salt mining began in Solivar (at that time a nearby town, now part of Pre?ov).

Pre?ov, named here as 'Eperjes', shown close to the border with Transylvania in 1606

Antun Vran?i?, a Croatian[6] prelate, writer, diplomat and Archbishop of Esztergom, died in Pre?ov in 1573.

Pre?ov was prominent in the Protestant Reformation. It was at the front line in the 1604-1606 Bocskai Uprising, when Habsburg commander Giorgio Basta retreated to the town after failing to take Ko?ice from the Protestant rebels.

A 17th-century siege of Pre?ov, named here as 'Eperies'

In 1647 the Habsburgs designated it the capital of Sáros county. In late January 1657, Transylvanian Prince George II Rákóczi, a Protestant, invaded Poland with army of some 25,000 which crossed the Carpathians on the road from Pre?ov to Krosno.

Wolfgang Schustel, a Lutheran reformer during the Reformation, who adopted an uncompromising position on public piety worked in Pre?ov and other towns. In 1667, the important Evangelical Lutheran College of Eperjes was established by Lutherans in the town.

Imre Thököly, the Protestant Hungarian rebel and Ottoman ally studied at the Protestant college here. In 1685 he was defeated here by the Habsburg at the Battle of Eperjes. In 1687 twenty-four prominent citizens and noblemen were executed, under a tribunal instituted by the Austrian general Antonio Caraffa,[5] for supporting the uprising of Imre Thököly:

"The city particularly suffered during the religious conflicts of the seventeenth century, when it had a reputation for Protestant anti-Habsburg sentiment. In 1687, General Carafa, an emissary of the Austrian emperor, imprisoned a group of local noblemen suspected of insurrection in a former wine warehouse off the square now known as Caraffa's Prison. He subsequently, and notoriously, had 24 of them tortured, executed and their heads placed on spikes around the town, after what we would now call a show trial."[7]

At the beginning of the 18th century, the population was decimated by the Bubonic plague and fires and was reduced to a mere 2,000 inhabitants. By the second half of the century, however, the town had recovered; crafts and trade improved, and new factories were built. In 1752 the salt mine in Solivar was flooded. Since then salt has been extracted from salt brine through boiling.

Map of Sáros county showing Pre?ov, named here as 'Eperjes'

The English author John Paget visited Presov and describes it in his 1839 book Hungary and Transylvania.[8] In 1870 the first railway line was built, connecting the town to Ko?ice. At the end of the 19th century, the town introduced electricity, telephone, telegraph and a sewage systems. In 1887 fire destroyed a large part of the town.

On 16 June 1919, the very brief Slovak Soviet Republic was declared here. In 1920, after the Treaty of Trianon, Eperjes became part of the newly created Czechoslovakia as Pre?ov. During World War II, the nearby town of Ko?ice again became part of Hungary as a result of the First Vienna Award. As a result, many institutions moved from Ko?ice to Pre?ov, thus increasing the town's importance. In 1944, a professional Slovak Theatre was established in Pre?ov. The city is a site in the Holocaust:

"In 1940, on the eve of the Holocaust, Pre?ov contained five synagogues and more than one in six of the city's population--4,308 people--was Jewish. Three of the synagogues are still standing, but the Jewish community now numbers fewer than 60. Outside the sole functioning synagogue, on ?vermova just off the main square, is a memorial to the 6,400 Jews from Pre?ov and the surrounding region who died in the Holocaust. The broad path leading to the tombstone-shaped monument, surrounded by prison-like bars, is intended to represent the Jewish pre-war population; the narrow path that leads on from it to the synagogue, those who survived."[7]

About two thousand Jews were deported from Pre?ov to the D?blin-Irena Ghetto in May 1942. Only a few dozen survived.[9]

On 19 January 1945 Pre?ov was taken by Soviet troops of the 1st Guards Army. After 1948, during the Communist era in Czechoslovakia, Pre?ov became an industrial center. Due to World War II, Pre?ov lost the majority of its Jewish population. Nonetheless, population of the city increased rapidly from 28,000 in 1950 to 52,000 in 1970 and 89,000 in 1990.


Eperjes - Church.jpg
The 49° latitude is marked by a monument.

Pre?ov lies at an altitude of 250 metres (820 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 70.4 square kilometres (27.2 sq mi).[10] It is located in the north-eastern Slovakia, at the northern reaches of the Ko?ice Basin, at the confluence of the Torysa River with its tributary Sek?ov. Mountain ranges nearby include Slanské vrchy (south-east), ?ari?ská vrchovina (south-west), Bachure? (west) and ?ergov (north). The neighbouring city of Ko?ice is 34 kilometres (21 mi) to the south. Pre?ov is about 50 kilometres (31 mi) south of the Polish border, 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of the Hungarian border and is some 410 kilometres (255 mi) northeast of Bratislava (by road).


Pre?ov has a warm humid continental climate, bordering an oceanic climate. Pre?ov has four distinct seasons and is characterized by a significant variation between somewhat warm summers and slightly cold, snowy winters.

Climate data for Pre?ov
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) -0.6
Daily mean °C (°F) -3.3
Average low °C (°F) -6.1
Average precipitation mm (inches) 33
Source: [11]



Neptune's fountain on the Hlavná ulica (Main Street) in Pre?ov

In the past, Pre?ov was a typical multiethnic town where Slovak, Hungarian, German, and Yiddish were spoken.

Population of Pre?ov according to "mother tongue" 1880-1910[12]
census 1880 census 1890 census 1900 census 1910
Number % Number % Number % Number %
Slovak 5,705 56.27% 5,573 53.74% 6,804 47.10% 6,494 39.78%
Hungarian 1,963 19.36% 2,670 25,74% 5,513 38.16% 7,976 48.86%
German 1,889 18.63% 1,786 17.22% 1,705 11.80% 1,404 8.60%
Romanian 2 0.02% 4 0.04% 27 0.19% 170 1.04%
Rusyn 162 1.60% 106 1.02% 121 0.84% 47 0.29%
Serbo-Croatian 5 0.05% - - - - - -
Serbian - - 5 0.05% 5 0.03% 2 0.01%
Croatian - - 0 0.0% 6 0.04% 4 0.02%
Slovenian - - 0 0,0% - - - -
Other 132 1.30% 227 2,19% 226 1.84% 226 1.38%
Foreign (non-Hungarian) 30 0.30% - - - - - -
Cannot speak 251 2.48% - - - - - -
Total 10,139 10,317 14,447 16,323

Before World War II Pre?ov was a home for a large Jewish population of 4,300 and housed a major Jewish museum. During 1939 and 1940 the Jewish community absorbed a flow of Jewish refugees from German Nazi-occupied Poland, and in 1941 additional deportees from Bratislava. In 1942 a series of deportations of Pre?ov's Jews to the German Nazi death camps in Poland began. Plaques in the town hall and a memorial in the surviving synagogue record that 2 6,400 Jews were deported from the town under the Tiso government of the First Slovak Republic. Only 716 Jewish survivors were found in the city and its surrounding when it was liberated by the Soviet Red Army in January 1945.[]


Population development[13]
Year 1994 1999 2014 2019 2020
Population 92,013 93,977 91,767 91,193 90,187

Data are year-end. The time zone is CET.

According to the 2011 census, Pre?ov had 91 782 inhabitants, 81.14% declared Slovak nationality, 1.70% Romani, 1.59% Rusyn, 0,7% Ukrainian, 0.48% Czech, 0.14% Hungarian, 13.8% did not declare any nationality.[14]

The religious make-up was 55.8% Roman Catholics, 12.44% people with no religious affiliation, 8.15% Greek Catholics, 4.05% Lutherans, 1.55% Orthodox, 17.16% did not declare any religious affiliation.[15]


The city lies on the crossroad of two significant historic ways. Via Magna (west east) and Via Carpathia (north-south). Today are represented by the highway D1 and expressway R4 which both are under construction an they are part of Pre?ov bypass Pre?ov is also connected by train line to Ko?ice-?ilina railway. Trains depart and arrive from Pre?ov railway station.


Institutions of tertiary education in the city are the University of Pre?ov with 12,600 students, including 867 doctoral students,[16] and the private International Business College ISM Slovakia in Pre?ov, with 455 students.[17] In addition, the Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies of the Technical University of Ko?ice is based in the city.

There are 15 public primary schools, six private primary schools and two religious primary schools.[18] Overall, they enroll 9,079 pupils.[18] The city's system of secondary education consists of 10 gymnasia with 3,675 students,[19] 4 specialized high schools with 5,251 students[20] and 11 vocational schools with 5,028 students.[21][22]


There are several business (shopping) centers in Pre?ov. EPERIA Shopping Mall [23] has taken its name according to historic city name Eperies. It is located at the river bank Sek?ov, between the "Hobby park" [24] at the west side (with DIY chain store HORNBACH [25]) and STOP-SHOP point [26] from south side. Total shopping area of all three units is cca 80.000 sq m.[27] Recently new-opened Shopping Mall NOVUM [28] in the very heart of city centre with 33.000 sq. m is the second largest. There are also ZOC-Max Pre?ov SC,[29] ZOC Koral, [30] Solivaria SC [31] and close Lubotice Retail Park. [32]

One of the most favorite popular locations in Pre?ov is Plaza Beach Resort.[33] It is an exotic place in a cozy and calm city area, consisting of a luxury hotel with a restaurant and outside swimming pools. The resort has been built in a Mediterranean style.



Pre?ov is home to one professional football team: 1. FC Tatran Pre?ov which is the oldest football team in Slovakia.

Ice hockey

The city's ice hockey club is HC Pre?ov Penguins. Home arena of Pre?ov is ICE Arena and it has capacity of 5500 visitors.


The city's handball club is HT Tatran Pre?ov which is Slovakia's most popular and currently most successful club. The handball team of Pre?ov is taking part not only in the Slovak league (where it is dominating), but also in the international SEHA league with the best handball teams from the region. Many handball players from this team are also members of the Slovak national handball team.

Hiking trails

Twin towns - sister cities

Pre?ov is twinned with:[34]


See also


  1. ^ The original and the current coat of arms does not contain any strawberries, but three roses. Also the privilege granted by Ladislaus the Posthumous (1453) says clearly about "three roses". Strawberries were added only by Ferdinand I (1548) and were held by an eagle in the left hand side of the coat under the three roses. Javor 2004.
  2. ^ Public horse breeding stud was built in 1859 in Pre?ov on Sabinovská ulica, it was a stop for horses on their way to Budapest and gained popularity quickly, so citizens of Pre?ov were called horse keepers after this famous spot of Austria-Hungary. Horses are also depicted on the jerseys of Pre?ov's football team, 1. FC Tatran Pre?ov, which is the very first official football team in Slovakia, founded on 25 May 1898 as Eperjesi Torna és Vívó Egyesület (Hungarian).


  1. ^ "Statistic of Slovak places by Du?an Krehe? - Export". Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Lambert-Gócs, Miles (November 2010). Tokaji Wine: Fame, Fate, Tradition. ISBN 9781934259498.
  3. ^ a b c ?tefánik, Martin; Luka?ka, Ján, eds. (2010). Lexikón stredovekých miest na Slovensku [Lexicon of Medieval Towns in Slovakia] (PDF) (in Slovak and English). Bratislava: Historický ústav SAV. pp. 331, 352. ISBN 978-80-89396-11-5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ See Presov 2013 website Archived 11 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Eperjes". Encyclopædia Britannica. 9 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 669.
  6. ^ Setton, Kenneth Meyer (1984). The Papacy and the Levant, 1204-1571: The Sixteenth Century. IV. Philadelphia: The American Philosophical Society. p. 921. ISBN 0-87169-162-0.
  7. ^ a b "Travel".
  8. ^ Paget, John (1850). Hungary and Transylvania (new ed.). Lea Blanchard. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ Büchler, Yehoshua (1991). "The deportation of Slovakian Jews to the Lublin District of Poland in 1942". Holocaust and Genocide Studies. 6 (2): 159, 166. doi:10.1093/hgs/6.2.151. ISSN 8756-6583.
  10. ^ "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007.
  11. ^]. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  12. ^ Majo, Juraj (2012). Historicko-demografický lexikón obcí Slovenska. Bratislavatatistický úrad SR. ISBN 978-80-8121-222-2.
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  14. ^ "Obyvate?stvo pod?a pohlavia a národnosti" (PDF). S?ítanie obyvate?ov, domov a bytov 2011 (in Slovak). ?tatistický úrad SR. Retrieved 2016.
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  16. ^ "Technická univerzita Ko?ice" (PDF) (in Slovak). Ústav informácií a prognóz ?kolstva. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 February 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  17. ^ "Vysoká ?kola medzinárodného podnikania ISM Slovakia" (PDF) (in Slovak). Ústav informácií a prognóz ?kolstva. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2007. Retrieved 2008.
  18. ^ a b "Preh?ad základných ?kôl v ?kolskom roku 2006/2007" (PDF) (in Slovak). Ústav informácií a prognóz ?kolstva. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  19. ^ "Preh?ad gymnázií v ?kolskom roku 2006/2007" (PDF) (in Slovak). Ústav informácií a prognóz ?kolstva. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  20. ^ "Preh?ad stredných odborných ?kôl v ?kolskom roku 2006/2007" (PDF) (in Slovak). Ústav informácií a prognóz ?kolstva. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  21. ^ "Preh?ad zdru?ených stredných ?kôl v ?kolskom roku 2006/2007" (PDF) (in Slovak). Ústav informácií a prognóz ?kolstva. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  22. ^ "Preh?ad stredných odborných u?ilí a u?ilí v ?kolskom roku 2006/2007" (PDF) (in Slovak). Ústav informácií a prognóz ?kolstva. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 February 2008. Retrieved 2008.
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  26. ^ "Vitajte na stránke STOP SHOP Pre?ov".
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  28. ^ "Mapa | Novum Pre?ov - Nové srdce ?ari?a".
  29. ^ "Obchody a mapa | Zábavno-obchodné a nákupné centrum ZOC MAX Pre?ov".
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  31. ^ "Mapa areáu - SOLIVARIA obchodné centrum".
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  33. ^ "Plaza Beach Resort - Re?taurácia, Letné kúpalisko, Hotel, Wellnes - Pre?ov".
  34. ^ "Partnerské mestá" (in Slovak). Pre?ov. Retrieved 2019.


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