SmoleniceSmolenice is a village in the west of Slovakia, located about 60 km from the capital, Bratislava, in north-east direction. The first written documents about the existence of Smolenice are dated to the 13th century.
The Smolenice Castle is towered above the village of Smolenice on the eastern foothills of Little Carpathians (‘Malé Karpaty’). Now the Castle is owned by the Slovak Academy of Sciences and serves as The House of Scientific Workers Smolenice.
Štefan Banič, the inventor of the parachute, was born in Smolenice and he has been buried in his native town too. Before the First World War, many inhabitants moved to America for work, in between them Štefan Banič was too. He worked in the town of Greenville, PA. There he constructed a prototype of the parachute, and tested it personally by jumping from a skyscraper. In 1914 he got the patent certificate, but after 17 years he sold it for a couple of dollars to American Army and moved back to Smolenice.
The ‘Molpír’ museum is located in the Smolenice village. In its exhibitions, there are the archeological excavations of the ancient settlement ‘Molpír’, the prehistoric Celtic village.