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St.Elisabeth Cathedral
Košice's Coat of arms
The 4 red stripes of the coat of arm of Košice comes from the coat of arms of the Hungarian Árpád dynasty from the medieval age.[1]
Nickname: City of Tolerance, City of Rákóczy
Country  Slovakia
Region Košice Self-governing Region
River Hornád
Elevation 206 m (676 ft)
Coordinates 48°43′16″N 21°15′27″E / 48.72111°N 21.2575°E / 48.72111; 21.2575
Area 242.768 km2 (93.733 sq mi)
Population 233,659 (2008-12-31)
Density 962 /km2 (2,492 /sq mi)
First mentioned 1230
Government City council
Mayor František Knapík
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 040 00
Area code +421-55
Car plate KE
Location in Slovakia
Location in Slovakia
Location in the Košice Region
Location in the Košice Region
Wikimedia Commons: Košice
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS
Website: www.kosice.sk

Košice (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈkɔʃɪt͡sɛ]  ( listen); Hungarian: Kassa; German: Kaschau; and other names) is a city in eastern Slovakia. It is situated on the river Hornád at the eastern reaches of the Slovak Ore Mountains, near the border with Hungary. With a population of nearly 242,000 Košice is the second largest city in Slovakia after Bratislava.

Being the economic and cultural center of eastern Slovakia, Košice is the seat of the Košice Region and Košice Self-governing Region, the Slovak Constitutional Court, three universities, various dioceses, and many museums, galleries, and theaters. Košice is an important industrial center of Slovakia. The U. S. Steel Košice steel mill is the biggest employer in the region. The town has good railway connections, and an international airport.

The city has a well preserved historical center, which is the largest among Slovak towns. There are many heritage protected buildings in Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Secession styles with Slovakia's largest church - St. Elisabeth Cathedral. The long main street, rimmed with aristocratic palaces, Catholic churches, and townsfolk's houses, is a thriving pedestrian zone with many boutiques, cafés, and restaurants. The city is well known as the first settlement in Europe to be granted its own coat-of-arms.

In 2013, it will be the European Capital of Culture title together with Marseille, France.[2]



Main Street

The first written mention of the city was in 1230 as "villa Cassa".[3] The Slovak name of the city comes from the Slavic personal name "Koša" with the patronymic slavic suffix "-ice".[4] Though according to other sources the city name probably stems from an ancient Hungarian first name which begins with "Ko" such as Kokos-Kakas, Kolumbán-Kálmán, or Kopov-Kopó.[5] Historically, the city has been known as Kaschau in German, Kassa in Hungarian, Cassovia or Caschovia in Latin, Cassovie in French, Caşovia in Romanian, Кошицы (Koshitsy) in Russian and Koszyce in Polish (see here for more names).


Košice - Capital of Upper Hungary in 1617

The first evidence of inhabitance can be traced back to the end of the Paleolithic era. The first written reference to the Hungarian town of Košice (as royal village - Villa Cassa) comes from 1230. After the Mongol invasion in 1241, King Béla IV of Hungary invited German colonists to fill the gaps in population.

The city was made of two independent settlements: Lower Košice and Upper Košice, amalgamated in the 13th century around the long lens-formed ring, of today's Main Street. The first known town privileges come from 1290.[6] The city grew quickly because of its strategic location on an international trade route from central Hungary to Poland. The privileges given by the king were helpful in developing crafts, business, increasing importance (seat of the royal chamber for Upper Hungary), and for building its strong fortification.[3] In 1307, the first guild regulations were registered here and were the oldest in Kingdom of Hungary.[7]

As a Hungarian free royal town, Košice reinforced the king's troops in the crucial moment of the bloody Battle of Rozgony in 1312 against the strong aristocratic Amadé family. In 1347, it became the second place city in the hierarchy of the Hungarian free royal towns with the same rights as the capital Buda. In 1369, it received its own coat of arms from Louis I of Hungary.[6] The Diet convened by Louis I in Košice decided that women could inherit the Hungarian throne.

The significance and wealth of the city in the end of the 14th century was mirrored by the decision to build a completely new church on the grounds of the previously destroyed smaller St. Elisabeth Church. The construction of the biggest cathedral in the Kingdom of Hungary - St. Elisabeth Cathedral - was supported by the Emperor Sigismund of Luxemburg, and by the apostolic see itself. Since the beginning of the 15th century, the city played a leading role in the Pentapolitana - the league of towns of five most important cities in Upper Hungary (Bardejov, Levoča, Košice, Prešov, and Sabinov). During the reign of King Matthias Corvinus the city reached its medieval population peak. With an estimated 10,000 Hungarian inhabitants, it was among the largest medieval cities in Europe.[8]

The history of Košice was heavily influenced by the dynastic disputes over the Hungarian throne, which together with the decline of the continental trade brought the city into stagnation. Vladislaus III of Varna failed to capture the city in 1441. John Jiskra's mercenaries from Bohemia defeated Tamás Székely's Hungarian army in 1449. John I Albert, Prince of Poland, could not capture the city during a six month long siege in 1491. In 1526, the city homaged for Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor. János Szapolyai captured the city in 1536 but Ferdinand I reconquered the city in 1551.[9] In 1604, Stephen Bocskay occupied Košice during his insurrection against the Habsburg dynasty. Giorgio Basta, commander of the Habsburg forces, failed to capture the city, but Ferdinand I eventually recaptured it in 1606. Stephen Bocskay died in Košice on December 29, 1606 and was interred there. On September 5, 1619, Gabriel Bethlen captured Košice in another anti-Habsubrg insurrection. He married Catherine von Hohenzollern, of Johann Sigismund Kurfürst von Brandenburg, in Košice in 1626.[10] On January 18, 1644, the Diet in Košice elected George I Rákóczi the prince of Hungary. In 1657, a printing house and a college were founded by the Jesuits there. The city was besieged by kuruc armies several times in the 1670s and it revolted against the Habsburg emperor. The rebel leaders were massacred by emperor's soldiers on November 26, 1677. A modern pentagonal fortress (citadel) was built by the Habsburgs south of the city in 1670s. Another rebel leader, Imre Thököly captured it in 1682 but the Austrian field marshal Aeneas de Caprara got it back on 1685. In 1704-1711 Prince of Transylvania Francis II Rákóczi made Košice the main base in his War for Independence. The fortress was demolished by 1713.

In the 17th century it was the capital of Upper Hungary (in 1563-1686 as the seat of the "Captaincy of Upper Hungary", and in 1567-1848 as the seat of the Chamber of Szepes county (Spiš, Zips), which was a subsidiary of the supreme financial agency in Vienna responsible for Upper Hungary). Due to Ottoman occupation, the city was the residence of Eger's archbishop from 1596 to 1700.[11] Since 1657, it was the seat of the historic Royal University of Košice (Universitas Cassoviensis). It was transformed into a Royal Academy in 1777, then into a Law Academy in the 19th century; it ceased to exist in the turbulent year of 1921. After the end of the anti-Habsburg uprisings in 1711 the victorious Austrian armies drove the Ottoman forces back to the south and this major territorial change created new trade routes which circumvented Košice. The city began to decay and turned from a rich medieval town into a provincial town known for its military base and dependent mainly on agriculture.[12] In 1723, the Immaculata statue was erected in the place of a former gallows at Hlavná ulica (Main Street) commemorating the plague from the years 1710-1711.[13] This was one of the centers of the Hungarian language regenerate movement which published the first Hungarian language periodical called the Magyar Museum in Hungary in 1788.[14] The city's walls were demolished step by step from the early 19th century to 1856; only the Executioner's Bastion remained with few parts of the wall. The city became a seat of its own bishopric in 1802. The city's surroundings became a theater of the war again during the Revolutions of 1848, when the Imperial cavalry general Franz Schlik defeated the Hungarian army on December 8, 1848 and January 4, 1849. The city was captured by the Hungarian army on February 15, 1849, but the Russian troops drove them back on June 24, 1849.[15]

Military base Košice in the end of the 18th century
National Theater built in 1899

At the beginning of the 19th century there were three manufacturers and 460 workshops in 1828.[16] The first factories were established in the 1840s (sugar and nail factories). The first telegram message arrived in 1856 and the railway connected the city to Miskolc, Hungary in 1860. In 1873, there were already connections to Prešov, Žilina, and Chop (in today's Ukraine). The city gained a public transit system in 1891 when track was laid down for a horse-drawn tramway. The traction was electrified in 1914.[16] In 1906, Francis II Rákóczi's house of Rodosto was reproduced in Košice and his remains were buried in the St. Elisabeth Cathedral.[17]

After World War I and during the gradual break-up of Austria-Hungary, the city at first became a part of the transient "Eastern Slovak Republic", declared on December 11, 1918 in Košice and earlier in Prešov under the protection of Hungary. On December 29, 1918, the Czechoslovak Legions entered the city, making it part of the newly established Czechoslovakia. However, in June 1919, Košice was occupied again, as part of the Slovak Soviet Republic, a proletarian puppet state of Hungary. The Czechoslovak troops secured the city for Czechoslovakia in July 1919,[18] which was later upheld under the terms of the Treaty of Trianon in 1920.

Košice was ceded to Hungary, by the First Vienna Award, from 1938 until early 1945. The town was bombarded on June 26, 1941, in what became a welcome pretext for the Hungarian government to declare war on the Soviet Union a day later. The German occupation of Hungary led to the deportation of Košice's entire Jewish population of 12,000 and an additional 2,000 from surrounding areas via cattle cars to the concentration camps. The town was captured by the Soviets in January 1945 and for a short time it became a temporary capital city of the restored Czechoslovak Republic until the Soviet Red Army reached Prague. Among other acts, the Košice Government Program was declared on April 5, 1945.[18]

After the Communist Party seized power in Czechoslovakia in February 1948, the city became part of the Eastern Bloc. Several present day cultural institutions were founded and large residential areas around the city were built. The construction and expansion of the East Slovak Ironworks caused the population to grow from 60,700 in 1950 to 235,000 in 1991. Before the break up of Czechoslovakia (1993), it was the fifth largest city in the federation. Following the Velvet Divorce and creation of the Slovak Republic, Košice became the second largest city in the country and became a seat of a constitutional court. Since 1995, it has been the seat of the Archdiocese of Košice.


Mlynská Street - pedestrian zone

Košice lies at an altitude of 206 metres (676 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 242.77 square kilometres (93.7 sq mi).[19] It is located in eastern Slovakia, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the Hungarian, 80 kilometres (50 mi) from the Ukrainian, and 90 kilometres (56 mi) from the Polish borders. It is about 400 kilometres (249 mi) east of Slovakia's capital Bratislava and a chain of villages connects it to Prešov which is about 36 kilometres (22 mi) to the north.

Košice is situated on the Hornád River in the Košice Basin, at the easternmost reaches of the Slovak Ore Mountains. More precisely it is a subdivision of the Čierna hora mountains in the northwest and Volovské vrchy mountains in the southwest. The basin is met on the east by the Slanské vrchy mountains.



Košice lies in the north temperate zone and has a continental climate with four distinct seasons. It is characterized by a significant variation between hot summers and cold, snowy winters.

Climate data for Košice
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 0.5
Average low °C (°F) -5.6
Precipitation mm (inches) 25
Source: Weather Information Slovakia[20] 2009-01-20


Statue of Košice's coat of arms, the first municipal coat of arms in Europe
View of Hlavná ulica (Main Street) from the St. Elizabeth Cathedral, with the State Theater Košice building in the center

Košice has a population of 233,659 (December 31, 2008).[21] According to the 2001 census, 89.1% of its inhabitants were Slovaks, 3,8% Hungarians, 2,1% Roma, 1.2% Czechs, 0.5% Rusyns, 0.5% Ukrainians, and 0.2% Germans. The religious makeup was 58.3% Roman Catholics, 19.4% people with no religious affiliation, 7.6% Greek Catholics, and 4.1% Lutherans.[22]

Historical Demographics

Population of Košice[22][23]
Year Population Year Population Year Population
1480 10,000 1890 28,900 1961 79,400
1800 6,000 1910 44,200 1970 142,200
1820 8,700 1921 52,900 1980 202,400
1846 13,700 1942 67,000 1991 235,160
1869 21,700 1950 60,700 2001 236,093

The linguistic makeup of the town's population underwent historical changes that alternated between a growth of the ratio of those who claimed Hungarian and those who claimed Slovak as their language. With a population of 28,884 in 1891, just under half (49.9%) of the inhabitants of Košice declared the then official Hungarian language as their main means of communication, 33.6% Slovak, and 13.5% German; 72.2% were Roman Catholics, 11.4% Jews, 7.3% Lutherans, 6.7% Greek Catholics, and 4.3% Calvinists.[24]

By 1910, 75.4% of the 44,211 inhabitants claimed Hungarian, 14.8% Slovak, 7.2% German, and 1.8% Polish.[25] The Jews were split among other groups by the 1910 census, as only the most frequently used language and not ethnicity was registered.[26] The linguistic balance within the town limits began to shift towards Slovak after World War I with Slovakization in the newly established Czechoslovakia. As a consequence of the Vienna Awards, Kosice was ceded to Hungary. During the German occupation of Hungary towards the end of World War II, approximately 10,000 Jews were deported by the Arrow Cross Party and the nazis and killed in Auschwitz. The ethnic makeup of the town was dramatically changed by the persecution of the town's large Hungarian majority and their replacement with Slovak peasants from the north following mass deportations.[27]


Košice is the economic hub of eastern Slovakia. It accounts for about 9% of the Slovak gross domestic product.[28] The steel mill, U. S. Steel Košice with 16,000 employees, is the largest employer in the city and the second largest employer in the country.[29] As an interesting coincidental sidenote, U. S. Steel's world headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, is just a few hundred meters from the place where the documents were signed in 1918 giving legal authority for the creation of the former Czechoslovakia.[30] Other major sectors include mechanical engineering, food industry, services, and trade.[31] GDP per capita in 2001 was 4,004, which was below Slovakia's average of €4,400.[31] The unemployment rate was 11.4% in September 2005,[28] which was below the country's average 15.6% at that time.[32]

The city has a balanced budget of 2.78 billion Slovak korunas (almost €83 million, as of 2007) with a small surplus of 25 million korunas. The budget for 2008 projects spending of 2.82 billion korunas.[33]


St. Elisabeth Cathedral
St. Michael's Chapel
Jakab's Palace
Slávia, the most beautiful Art Nouveau building in Košice
Divizia - seat of Košice Self-Gouverning Region
Premonstratensian Church

The city center and most historical monuments are located in or around the Main Street (Hlavná ulica) and the town has the largest Town Monument Reserve in Slovakia.[34] The dominant monument of the city is Slovakia's largest church, the 14th century Gothic St. Elisabeth Cathedral, it is the easternmost cathedral of western style Gothic architecture in Central Europe,[34] and is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Košice. In addition to St. Elisabeth, there are the 14th century St. Michael Chapel, the St. Urban Tower, and the Neo-baroque State Theater in the center of town. The Executioner's Bastion and the Mill Bastion are remains the city fortification system. The Church of the Virgin Mary's Birth is the cathedral for the Greek Catholic Eparchy of Košice. Visitors can discover the beauty of several other monuments and buildings of great cultural and historical interest: the old Town Hall, the Old University, the Captain's Palace, Liberation Square, etc., as well as several galleries (the East Slovak Gallery) and museums (the East Slovak Museum). There is a Municipal Park located between the historical city center and the main railway station and the city has its own zoo, located northwest of the city, in the borough of Kavečany.

Sacral Buildings


Performing Arts

There are several theaters in Košice. State Theater Košice is a state run theater founded in 1945 (then under the name of the East Slovak National Theater). It consists of three ensembles: drama, opera, and ballet. Other theaters include the Marionette Theater and the Old Town Theater (Staromestské divadlo). Due to the presence of Hungarian and Roma minorities, it also hosts the Hungarian "Thália" theater and the professional Roma theater "Romathan".[35]

Košice is the home of the State Philharmonic Košice (Štátna filharmónia Košice), established in 1968 as the second professional symphonic orchestra in Slovakia. It organizes festivals such as the Košice Music Spring Festival, the International Organ Music Festival, and the Festival of Contemporary Art.[36]

Museums and Galleries

Some of the museums and galleries based in the city include the East Slovak Museum (Slovak: Vychodoslovenské múzeum), originally established in 1872 under the name of the Upper Hungarian Museum. The Slovak Technical Museum with planetarium, established in 1947, is the only museum in the technical category in Slovakia that specializes in the history and traditions of science and technology.[37] The East Slovak Gallery was established in 1951 as the first regional gallery with the aim to document artistic life in present day eastern Slovakia.[38]


The first and the oldest international festival of local TV broadcasters (founded in 1995) - The Golden Beggar, takes place every year in June in Košice. The Hungarian writer Sandor Marai was born in this town and wrote about it in his autobiography.


The oldest annual marathon in Europe and second oldest in the entire world, after the world famous Boston Marathon, is the Košice Peace Marathon, founded in 1924. It is run in the city every year on the first Sunday of October.

Ice hockey club HC Košice is one of the most successful Slovak hockey clubs. It plays in Slovakia's highest league, the Extraliga, and has won four titles in 1995, 1996, 1999, and 2009, and two titles (1986 and 1988) in the former Czechoslovak Extraliga. Since 2006, their home is the Steel Aréna which has a capacity of 8,343 spectators. Soccer club MFK Košice currently plays in the Corgoň Liga. It was the first club from Slovakia reach the group stages of the UEFA Champions League and is a two times domestic league winner (1998 and 1999). After relegation in 2003, the club returned to the Corgoň Liga in 2005. Other clubs in the city include the women's basketball team KOSIT 2013 Košice.


Košice is the seat of the Košice Region and since 2002 it is the seat of the autonomous Košice Self-governing Region. Additionally, it is the seat of the Slovak Constitutional Court. The city hosts a regional branch of the National Bank of Slovakia and Czech Republic and Hungarian consulates.

The local government is composed of a mayor (Slovak: primátor), a city council (mestské zastupiteľstvo), a city board (mestská rada), city commissions (Komisie mestského zastupiteľstva), and a city magistrate's office (magistrát). The directly elected mayor is the head and chief executive of the city. The term of office is four years. The current mayor, František Knapík, was nominated in 2006 by a coalition of the political parties KDH, SMK, and SDKÚ-DS.

Administratively, the city of Košice is divided into four districts: Košice I (covering the center and northern parts), Košice II (covering the southwest), Košice III (east), and Košice IV (south) and further into 22 boroughs (wards):

Administrative division of Košice
District Boroughs
Košice I Džungľa, Kavečany, Sever, Sídlisko Ťahanovce, Staré Mesto, Ťahanovce
Košice II Lorinčík, Luník IX, Myslava, Pereš, Poľov, Sídlisko KVP, Šaca, Západ
Košice III Sídlisko dargovských hrdinov, Košická Nová Ves
Košice IV Barca, Juh, Krásna, Nad jazerom, Šebastovce, Vyšné Opátske


Košice is the second university town in Slovakia, after Bratislava. The Technical University of Košice is its largest university, with 16,015 students, including 867 doctoral students.[39] A second major university is the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University, with 7,403 students, including 527 doctoral students.[40] Other universities and colleges include the University of Veterinary Medicine (1,381 students)[41] and the private Security Management College in Košice (1,168 students).[42] Additionally, the University of Economics in Bratislava, the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, and the Catholic University in Ružomberok each have a branch based in the city.

There are 38 public elementary schools, six private elementary schools, and three religious elementary schools.[43] Overall, they enroll 20,158 pupils.[43] The city's system of secondary education (some middle schools and all high schools) consist of 20 gymnasia with 7,692 students,[44] 24 specialized high schools with 8,812 students,[45] and 13 vocational schools with 6,616 students.[40][46]


Public transportation in Košice is managed by Dopravný podnik mesta Košice (literally the Public Transport Company of the city of Košice). The municipal mass transit system is the oldest one in present day Slovakia, with the first horse-car line beginning operation in 1891 (electrified in 1914).[16] Today, the city's public transportation system is composed of buses (in use since 1950s), trams, and trolleybuses (since 1993).

Košice is a rail hub of eastern Slovakia. It is connected by rail to Bratislava, Prešov, Čierna nad Tisou, Miskolc Hungary, and Zvolen. There is a broad gauge track from the Ukraine, leading to the steel mill southwest of the city. The D1 motorway connects the city to Prešov and more motorways and roads are planned around the city.[47]

The city has an international airport, located south of the city. Regular direct flights from the Košice International Airport are available to: London, Bratislava, Manchester, Vienna, and Prague. It served 443,448 passengers in 2007, which is more than a threefold increase since 2001.[48]

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Košice has several partner towns and sister cities around the world:[49]



See also



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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Košice [1] (pronounced Ko-shi-tse) is the second largest city in Slovakia, with a population of over 250,000.


The area around Košice has been inhabited since the 8th century, but it was in the 13th century that it developed into a town. It grew rich during the Middle Ages due to its strategic position as a trading center. Having briefly served as the capital of the liberated Czechoslovakia after World War II, it is now finding a new role as one of the easternmost cities of the new European Union. It has a beautiful historic city center, with an enormous cathedral and a stunningly rejuvenated central square.

Get in

By plane

You can fly to Košice from Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, Dublin, London (Luton airport) and since 30 June 2008 also from Manchester and Split. Košice's small airport is served by SkyEurope Airlines [2] directly to Dublin, London, Prague, Bratislava and to Manchester and Split (since 30 June 2008), besides, there is an opportunity to fly to several other European destinations through Bratislava. SkyEurope can be incredibly inexpensive. CSA [3] also fly to Prague, while Austrian Airlines [4] fly to Vienna.

By train

Košice is a large train hub, with numerous services to Bratislava, Prague, east to Ukraine, north to Poland and south to Hungary.

By bus

Given the efficiency and value of the train system, you shouldn't need to use the bus system very much. Eurolines [5] coaches come to here from numerous European cities, and bus is the the most efficient way of reaching the nearby town of Levoca.

Get around

Košice has a small and compact city center, and is mostly navigable by foot. If you are staying the suburbs, the tram system is cheap and efficient.


Most of Košice's attractions are along the main pedestrianized street, known as Hlavná ulica, Námestie Maratónu Mieru, and Námestie Osloboditeľov at various parts. Here you can also find the East Slovak Museum, East Slovak Gallery, Slovak Technical Museum and the Archeological Excavations. Other museums are the Aviation Museum and Loeffler Museum dedicated to Loeffler's own artistic works as well folk pottery.

  • The restaurant at Hotel REO in Sebastovce (see "Sleep") has good service and great local food and wines.


Med Malina restaurant, Hlavná 81, 040 01 Košice, http://www.medmalina.sk
open from 10am till 10pm every day, and till 11 pm on Fridays, good food, all staff speak English, wifi access, cosy traditional environment

  • Khoi Khoi, Dominikanske namestie 35. The "Voice of different culture", it is an alternative hang-out, very close to similar bars.
  • Amana tea house, Alžbetina 55 (vo dvore), open from 2pm to 10pm. Literally hundreds of teas to chose from, and friendly staff to help you chose. [6] Very special ambiance, with several sitting corners, games... A great place to hide from the rain or have a peaceful moment.
  • Golem, Dominikanske namestie. Nice pub and restaurant with great atmosphere. They brew their own beer. [7]
  • Domov Mládeže [8], Medická 2 (Walk west along Poštová and Vojenská until the road turns sharply to the right. Straight ahead you'll see a flight of stairs. The hostel is the big, colorful, apartment-style building to the left.) This is a Student Hostel to the west of town with very limited beds in June. Beds are 280 Sk a night (2 or 3 beds in each small room) with shared toilet and shower. Doors to rooms have glass windows so privacy is limited. Also no one speaks English there.
  • Hotel REO, in Sebastovce, [9]. (3km from the center of town, next to the road from Košice to the border with Hungary) With its 10 rooms, including two apartments, you can have your bed from 1350 Skk per night and this price includes a "king breakfast" too.

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