city in Slovakia

Prešov (German: Preschau/Eperies; Hungarian: Eperjes; Polish: Preszów; Romani: Peryeshis; Rusyn: Пряшів/Пряшyв) is a city in eastern Slovakia. With a population of approximately 91,000 it is the third-largest city in the country. The town is a centre of Rusyns in Slovakia.

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City centre of Prešov
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Coat of Arms of Prešov.svg
Coat of arms
Country Slovakia
Region Prešov
District Prešov
Tourism region Šariš
River Torysa
Elevation 250 m (820 ft)
Coordinates 49°00′06″N 21°14′22″E / 49.00167°N 21.23944°E / 49.00167; 21.23944
Area 70.40 km² (27.2 sq mi)
Population 91,650 (2006-12-31)
 - metro 161,000
Density 1,302 /km² (3,372 /sq mi)
First mentioned 1247
Mayor Pavel Hagyari (Independent)
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 080 01
Area code +421-51
Car plate PO
Location of Prešov within Slovakia
Location of Prešov within Slovakia
Wikimedia Commons: Prešov
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS


Prešov is a city lying in the Torysa river valley, in the historical Šariš region. It is located 33 km north of Košice, connected by the motorway D1.


People have lived in the area since the Paleolithic period. Prešov is first mentioned in 1247. It became a free royal town in 1374. Salt mining started here in the 16th century, in the nearby town of Solivar (which is now part of Prešov).

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