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Hlavné námestie - A view from our expert author
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All roads lead to the main square – the heart of the city – where you’ll find cafés, markets and a Napoleonic soldier
You’ll find everything on the Main Square: three great cafés, Art Nouveau buildings, the Roland Fountain, and statues of a guardsman and a Napoleonic soldier. There are lines of benches on which visitors can enjoy the sunshine, which have plaques indicating benefactors and lovers of the city. Th e square originated in the 13th century and, from the start, was at the centre of the town’s social life – a place of markets, festivities and executions – all well attended. Hlavné námestie is almost indistinguishable from Františkánske námestie (Square of the Franciscans) next door where there are little stalls with people selling folky souvenirs and an excellent Christmas market.