• SLOVAKIA : Our field trips

    Field trip nr. 1

    Our first field trip went to the Slovakian capital city Bratislava.
    We wanted to learn how to read chronograms on historical buildings.

    Do you know what a chronogram is?

    • A chronogram is a sentence or inscription in which specific letters, interpreted as numerals, stand for a particular date when rearranged. The word, meaning "time writing", derives from the Greek words chronos ("time") and gramma ("letter").
    • In the pure chronogram each word contains a numeral; the natural chronogram shows all numerals in the correct numerical order, e.g. AMORE MATVRITAS = MMVI = 2006. Chronograms in versification are referred to as chronosticha if they are written in hexameter and chronodisticha if they are written in distich.

    Source: Wikipedia

    Later we visited the Bratislava castle which looks like a square but it isn´t and we went to see the SNP Bridge which is unique in Europe. It is the world´s longest cable-stayed bridge to have one pylon and one cable-stayed plane. It was finished in 1972.
    Then we visited the beautiful Christmas markets and enjoyed the festive atmosphere there.


    Question nr. 1: How long did it take to finish the SNP Bridge?

    Question nr. 2: Can you read from our chronogram the year when our school building was constructed?



    Field trip nr. 2

    Our second field trip went to the picturesque village of Čičmany in the northwest of Slovakia.


    Question nr. 1: You´ve learnt that the geometrical patterns of Čičmany inspired the designers of the official clothing of the Slovak Olympic team. On how many Summer Olympic Games have the Slovak athletes worn this clothing so far?




    Question nr. 2: In how many of the nine pictures in the last slide of the workshop video can you see both the axial and the central symmetry?