World Heritage #0973 – Bardejov

Last modified 28.03.2022 | Published 14.09.1990North and Central Europe, Slovakia, World Heritage Sites

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The Bardejov Town Conservation Reserve is about a fortified medieval town in Slovakia with a very nice square in the middle.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.


Official facts

  • Full name of site: Bardejov Town Conservation Reserve
  • Country: Slovakia
  • Date of Inscription: 2000
  • Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 973:

“Bardejov is a small but exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a fortified medieval town, which typifies the urbanisation in this region. Among other remarkable features, it also contains a small Jewish quarter around a fine 18th-century synagogue.”


My visit

I wrote this in the blog entry from my trip in 1990 to the then unified country of Czechoslovakia. It shows that coincidence sometimes takes part in visiting even a Heritage Site.

“The last day in Czechoslovakia. Tomorrow morning we are off to Hungary.

We checked out of Hotel Savoy and walked up to the bus station to find a bus to Levo?a further west; we wanted to see more of Slovakia. But it turned out that lack of transportation is known here too. We didn’t bother to wait until late morning and queued up to go to another small town, Bardejov. Unfortunately that bus was an hour delayed so we could have taken the Levo?a bus. But there the queue had become too long. After a short bus ride we arrived therefore in Bardejov.

It was a nice trip as we passed a hilltop castle, and several villages not all with traditional houses. Bardejov had remains of an old town wall and a very pleasant “plaza”.

Read more about my visit.

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