News 13 february — 18:30

Slovak town hoping to cash-in on Valentine’s Day with special love bank

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Meet the small town in Slovakia looking to rival Europe’s romance hotspots Paris and Verona, Euronews reports.

It’s the little-known medieval town in Slovakia that is hoping to put itself at the heart of Europe’s love map.

Banska Stiavnic was the home of Marina Pischlova, the subject of the world’s longest love poem.

The epic 2,900-line work, written by Andrej Sladkovic and published in 1846, tells of the doomed tale of love between the Slovak poet and Pischlova.

Now the house where Pischlova lived in Banska Stiavnic, situated 140 kilometres north-east of the capital Bratislava, is hoping to cash-in by winning the hearts of Europe’s romantic couples.

It is home to the Epicentre of Love, an interactive exhibition inaugurated in December that is dedicated to the poem.

It includes a copy of Sladkovic’s work, his library and a love meter, supposed to measure the strength of couple’s feelings.

But it is the vault beneath the house that will be the main attraction for some.

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