Hlohovec lies between the regional capitals of Trnava and Nitra and its position gives it a special character, a piece of both cities inside a little town. On the northern side of Hlohovec you can see fields of grain and rapeseed – that’s the agricultural nature of the Trnava region. It’s much flatter than the areas to the east and south of Hlohovec, where you can find vineyards all along the way – that’s the impact of the viniculture of Nitra region.
Hlohovec was first mentioned officially in the Zoborská listina (Zobor deed) in 1113, as a castle with a settlement around it. The settlement later became a vassal town that gained town rights in 1362. The residents were occupied in agriculture, viniculture and crafts. During its history the town was always an important centre of trade, as well as administrative centre of the region. The interesting sights of the town mostly have a sacral character.
Near the main square there is a little Church of the Holy Spirit with a hospital, both from the 14th century. It is a unique piece of architecture because of its unusual ground plan. In the northern part of the city centre is another church, the All Saints Church with the Franciscan monastery. Part of it still serves as the home of Franciscan monks, and part of it now hosts exhibition rooms of the National Geography Museum. The original refectory of the monastery is richly decorated in renaissance-baroque style. It’s considered the most precious preserved part of the building. Today you can see displays of 17th century furniture in there.
The Empire Theatre was built in 1802 by Jozef Erdödy, one of the richest and most powerful feudal lords in the Hungarian Kingdom. It is the oldest preserved theatre building in Slovakia.