How the idea was born

HOW THE IDEA WAS BORN


One night in the cemetery

How the idea was born

 

“It left me speechless

when we realised – purely by
chance – that Sládkovič’s MARÍNA

happens to be the World’s longest

love poem.

 

Janči Majsniar
LOVE BANK co-founder


“We were intrigued by the idea

of transforming the dilapidated 

House of Marína into a globally famous  

place of pilgrimage for people 

 who believe in love.”


Igor Brossmann
LOVE BANK co-founder



One night in December 2014, the two of us happened to be
in the Evangelical Cemetery in Banská Štiavnica near Marína’s grave

As we were chatting, it struck us that such a romantic town as
Banská Štiavnica gave hardly any attention to the love story of
Marína and Sládkovič.


Their love story is actually much more powerful than the tale
of Romeo and Juliet.


The story of the love between Marína and Sládkovič is true, it
really did happen – and it gave birth to the World’s longest love poem!


The poem MARÍNA was born from the real love between Andrej Sládkovič and Marína
Pischlová. Since 1846 it has been the World’s longest love poem.

Banská Štiavnica has everything
to become the new Verona

Millions of people visit Verona to stand on the famous Juliet’s balcony;
on which she never actually stood – as she never existed.


We are confident that when Sládkovič’s MARÍNA becomes as popular
worldwide as Shakespeare’s Juliet; the House of Marína in Banská Štiavnica
will turn into the authentic place of pilgrimage for all those in love.

How the idea was born

One night in December 2014, the
two of us happened to be in the
Evangelical Cemetery in Banská
Štiavnica near Marína’s grave. As
we were chatting, it struck us that
such a romantic town as Banská
Štiavnica gave hardly any
attention to the love story of
Marína and Sládkovič.

How the idea was born

Their love story is actually much
more powerful than the tale of
Romeo and Juliet.


The story of the love between
Marína and Sládkovič is true, it
really did happen – and it gave
birth to the World’s longest love
poem!

How the idea was born

The poem MARÍNA was born
from the real love between
Andrej Sládkovič and Marína
Pischlová. Since 1846 it has been
the World’s longest love poem.

Banská Štiavnica has
everything to become
the new Verona

Millions of people visit Verona to
stand on the famous Juliet’s
balcony; on which she never
actually stood – as she never
existed.


We are confident that when
Sládkovič’s MARÍNA becomes as
popular worldwide as
Shakespeare’s Juliet; the House of
Marína in Banská Štiavnica will
turn into the authentic place of
pilgrimage for all those in love.

Marína’s house in desperate need of repair

In spring 2015, we learnt that the historic house – in which Marína Pischlová lived for
most of her life and dating back to the first half of 16th century – was for sale. Its roof
was leaking and it was in desperate need of repair, several walls were damaged due to the
lack of state funds to renovate it.


We had to act fast

When we heard that Marína’s house might be sold to a property developer with plans
to convert it into apartments, we knew that we had to act swiftly!


In order to save the Genius loci of this remarkable place, we decided to buy
the house in which Marína lived for most of her life.


We decided to transform Marína’s house into something exceptional.
Something that will help Banská Štiavnica become the new Verona.

Nowhere could we find anything similar

Looking for inspiration, we travelled around Europe and visited dozens of
interactive experience exhibitions. Unfortunately – or fortunately?
– we didn’t find anything to inspire us. 🙂

Marína’s house in desperate
need of repair

How the idea was born

In spring 2015, we learnt that the
historic house – in which Marína
Pischlová lived for most of her
life and dating back to the first
half of 16th century – was for
sale. Its roof was leaking and it
was in desperate need of repair,
several walls were damaged due
to the lack of state funds
to renovate it.

We had to act fast

When we heard that Marína’s
house might be sold to a property
developer with plans to convert it
into apartments, we knew that
we had to act swiftly!


In order to save the Genius loci of
this remarkable place, we decided
to buy the house in which Marína
lived for most of her life.


We decided to transform Marína’s
house into something
exceptional. Something that will
help Banská Štiavnica become
the new Verona.

Nowhere could we find
anything similar

Looking for inspiration, we
travelled around Europe and
visited dozens of interactive
experience exhibitions.
Unfortunately – or fortunately?
– we didn’t find anything to
inspire us. 🙂

The LOVE BANK is our original idea

We chose to do it our way. The LOVE BANK is our original idea.
For nearly two years dozens of people have been working on it.
Worldwide media coverage seems to demonstrate that we have managed to create
in Banská Štiavnica something globally unique.
The media have described us as the only LOVE BANK in the world.

Our future depends on your generosity

Most of the journey is still ahead of us, with many ideas waiting to come to life.
Their realisation, however, hugely depends on our successful fundraising.

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The LOVE BANK
is our original idea

How the idea was born

We chose to do it our way.
The LOVE BANK is our original
idea. For nearly two years dozens
of people have been working on
it. Worldwide media coverage
seems to demonstrate that we
have managed to create in
Banská Štiavnica something
globally unique.
The media have described us as
the only LOVE BANK in the world.

Our future depends on your
generosity

Most of the journey is still ahead
of us, with many ideas waiting to
come to life. Their realisation,
however, hugely depends on our
successful fundraising.