Friday, October 28, 2011

Murska Sobota, Slovenia

Murska Sobota, with around 15,000 residents, is the largest city in the Prekmurje region of Slovenia. It is the northernmost town in Slovenia. It's 30 minutes from Maribor but only 10 km (6.2 miles) from Austria, 20 km from Hungary and 30 km from Croatia.

It's a quiet little town but there are a few things worth checking out.

The Church of St. Nicholas was built in the 13th century. In 2006, it became the cathedral of the new Roman Catholic Diocese of Murska Sobota.

The Neo-Gothic Evangelical Church was built in 1910.

Across from the Evangelical Church is a nice city park.

This is also where to find the local 13th century Renaissance style castle which is home to the Regional Museum of Murska Sobota. I'll hit the castle on a future visit.

In the center of town is Trg zmage (Victory Square) and the Victory Monument which was a gift from the Soviet Union. It commemorates the Soviet Army which liberated the town from Nazi occupation in May 1945. It features statues of a Red Army officer and a partisan, with cannons on the side and a star on top.

Like I said, it is a very small town. I loved the yellow bicycles that the post men use to deliver the mail.

There wasn't enough time today to make it to the train station. In January 2010, the first Holocaust memorial in Slovenia was unveiled. It is dedicated to all of the Jews that were exiled from Prekmurje during WWII. I'll be sure to see it next time.

1 comment:

  1. ...Germans have the same yellow bikes to deliver mail..except the basket is in the front..but makes it therefore harder to steer and drive..and easier to tipp over:)....