Kosice (Kassa in Hungarian), is in southern Slovakia, 25 km from the Hungarian border, and the second largest city and industrial centre.
The inner city dates back hundreds of years and includes many beautiful buildings like the Gothic cathedral of St. Elizabeth, from the 1300's.
The city was part of Hungary until the Trianon Peace Treaty in 1920, when it became part of Czechoslovakia.
Kosice and some other parts of Czechoslovakia were returned to Hungary during World War II.
It was returned to Czechoslovakia after the war.
Population around 300 thousand.
Sarolta, my daughter and I visited Slovakia in 1978, when my brother driven us to Kosice.
Those oppressive communist days I didn't have a Hungarian Passport and I had to have a visa to enter the country of my birth.
When we left Hungary, we were told that I'll need some passport photos to apply for a new visa to re-enter Hungary again.
Being a weekend and 1978, we did have some trouble finding a photographer who can make us some urgent passport photos.
We did some sightseeing while photos were made.
Bye the way, after the fall of communism I did get my Hungarian Citizenship back and a nice new Passport to go with it.
Hui Chin and I drove to Kosice from Hungary in 2000.
In 2001 we returned to Kosice by train from Miskolc.
In 2003 we decided to do the job properly and check out the country thoroughly.
So, we hired a car in Györ and spent over two weeks driving around from city to city.
You can click on these photos for an enlargement.
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