St Elisabeth’s Cathedral, Košice

Dóm sv. Alžbety, Košice
Košice, dóm - Kostol sv. Alžbety (Monuments Board of the SR Archives, photo by Peter Fratrič)
Street address: Hlavná 28, 040 01 Košice, Slovakia
Telephone: 421 (0) 55 622 1555, 421 (0) 918 690 546
Website: http:/­/­­
Proprietor: Roman Catholic Church in the Slovak Republic
Contact: Administrator
Opening hours: 10am-12pm, 3pm-5pm Mon, Tue and Thu, 10am-12pm, 3pm-5.30pm Wed, 10am-12pm Fri, by arrangement Sat-Sun
The cluster of sights which today form part of the grounds of St Elisabeth’s Cathedral in Košice grew in the centre of a lenticular square from the 14th century. The spacious cathedral, built under the direction of renowned masters, was completed to match its present shape in around 1508. The poor construction and technical conditions of the historical monument following a number of natural disasters and the increased interest in major architectural monuments stimulated repair and the reconstruction works on the cathedral during the second half of the 19th century, turning it into one with five naves. The most interesting element in the interior of the five-nave hall space is the main wing altar, which dates from the last quarter of the 15th century. With its 48 panel paintings it represents the largest altarpiece on panel in Europe. The cathedral grounds also include the funerary chapel of St Michael, which was built to the south of the cathedral at the end of the 14th century. In 1628 the medieval campanile - the Urban’s Tower - was remodelled in the Renaissance spirit.