Trnava is the seventh largest town in the Slovak Republic with a population of almost 70,000 people, lying in the south-west corner of the country. Three European capitals: Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest lie within a radius of less than 200 km.
Trnava is one of the oldest and most beautiful mediaeval towns in Slovakia. It was the first town to be granted the privileges of a Free Royal Town. In the Middle Ages it ranked among the largest gothic towns in Central Europe. In the sixteenth century, after the Esztergom Archbishopric and Chapter had been transferred to Trnava, it became a centre of religious, social and cultural life in the Hungarian Kingdom. Trnava was in its heyday during the active period of the Trnava University in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Dozens of notable domestic and foreign architects, master-builders, sculptors and painters gave proof of their knowledge and talents in imposing works. For the generation of today, the rich history of the town is a spiritual message and a precious heritage, materialized in the beauty of architectural
treasures both sacral and secular. Their styles include gothic, renaissance and baroque, from its early phase until baroque classicism. The skyline of Trnava is dominated by numerous church towers due to which the town received the epithet “Little Rome“. Modern Trnava is a regional capital, an economic, political, and cultural centre of Western Slovakia and a university town. It offers rich opportunities to participate in cultural activities. Every year, the town hosts various cultural events, festivals and
important sports fixtures.
Places to see
More information: http://www.trnava.sk/en/article/historical-monuments
Transportation to Trnava
The city of Trnava is the seat of the region and district and from the viewpoint of road and rail transport it has a very convenient position. Although it does not have a direct connection to air and waterway transport, an available airport is in Vienna, that is 95 km (75 min.) away, in Bratislava, that is 50 km (40 min.) away and in Piešťany, 35 km (20 min.) away. Trnava creates an important crossing not only for the national road network, but also for roads of European importance. The city lies at the crossroads of two roads of international importance; from the Czech Republic to southern Slovakia and from Bratislava to northern Slovakia. The D1 motorway connects the city to Bratislava, Trenčín and Žilina and the R1 expressway connects it to Nitra.