En­joy­ing a Clas­sic Town in Slo­vakia

Ex­plor­ing ev­ery beau­ti­ful and his­tor­i­cal des­ti­na­tion in Slo­vakia is guar­an­teed to in­stil an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for this East Cen­tral Euro­pean coun­try in your mem­ory for years to come.

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lo­vakia is lo­cated in Cen­tral Europe, sur­rounded by the Czech Repub­lic, Poland, Ukraine, Hun­gary and Aus­tria. This coun­try of­fers many beau­ti­ful sites to ex­plore. Mag­nif­i­cent moun­tains, plains and rivers, his­tor­i­cal towns and re­mark­able cul­tural events make Slo­vakia a must-visit des­ti­na­tion. The cap­i­tal, Bratislava, is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion but his­tor­i­cal places are also a mag­nif­i­cent des­ti­na­tion in Slo­vakia. A visit to the old town of Slo­vakia will en­rich your ex­pe­ri­ence. Here are some of the best his­toric and cul­tural sites in Slo­vakia:

His­toric Town of Ban­ská

Šti­avnica

Ban­ska Sti­avnica is a beau­ti­ful old clas­sic town in Slo­vakia. If you are here you will see that this me­dieval min­ing cen­tre grew into a town with Re­nais­sance palaces, 16th cen­tury churches, elegant squares and cas­tles. The ur­ban cen­tre blends into the sur­round­ing land­scape, which con­tains vi­tal relics of the min­ing and me­tal­lur­gi­cal ac­tiv­i­ties of the past that make Ban­ská Šti­avnica a his­tory-lover’s des­ti­na­tion. See all the sev­eral cen­turies of ar­chi­tec­ture here as if telling the story of the town’s devel­op­ment, its suc­cesses and its tragedies. In the past, this town was the main pro­ducer of sil­ver in Hun­gary and one of the most sig­nif­i­cant min­ing towns in Europe. The first news writ­ten on the ex­trac­tion of the pre­cious met­als and sil­ver dates from 1075. Its priv­i­lege as a city of the min­ing in­dus­try date back to 1238. The Sti­avnica seal from 1275 is also the old­est rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the town’s for­ti­fi­ca­tions, and is a pre-heraldic to­po­graphic sym­bol, with min­ing im­ple­ments set into the Arms. The in­cred­i­ble places of this town that will amaze you in­clude St. Cather­ine’s church in late-Gothic style, also called the Slovak church, built from

1443 to1491, and the church of the As­cen­sion of the Vir­gin Mary, the parish church, that in ori­gin was a Ro­manesque basil­ica with three naves, built in the years around 1230. The orig­i­nal fur­nish­ings in­side have con­served the main al­tar from first part of the 18th cen­tury, with three side al­tars and pews from the 18th cen­tury. When the door is open, step in­side and see the in­cred­i­ble wooden or­gan bal­cony. The Evan­gel­i­cal church built around 1794 to 96, is richly dec­o­rated and has a very pre­cious or­gan in­side. Other re­mark­able re­li­gious build­ing are found on the Cal­vary Hill. This is a com­plex of three churches and 22 chapels with pre­cious painted dec­o­ra­tions, fur­nished with wooden and black­smith pan­els and wooden painted re­liefs. All the churches and chapels are set into the west­ern side of a solid lava col­umn in the mid­dle of an an­cient vol­cano, a hill named Scharf­fen­berg. Holy Trin­ity is the main tourist site and the most beau­ti­ful place in Ban­ska Sti­avnica. The square is lined by splended old houses. Here you can find a col­lec­tion of burgher houses, the town gallery, the Slovak Min­ing Mu­seum’s min­er­alog­i­cal ex­hi­bi­tion, and, ris­ing above all these, the Old Cas­tle. You can spend a day or even a whole week here and would not run out of things to do or see. Your hol­i­day would be mem­o­rable. The city of Le­voca is lo­cated in the heart of a re­gion called Spis. There, you can find the tallest Gothic wooden al­tar in the world and other in­ter­est­ing mon­u­ments en­closed within the town walls. This lovely his­tor­i­cal city is the ideal venue at which to spend a few hours sight­see­ing.

Le­voca

Spis Cas­tle

A must-see UNESCO world her­itage site, this is one of the largest cas­tles in Cen­tral Europe. Spis Cas­tle was built some 900 years ago, in the 12th cen­tury, on the site of an ear­lier one. Spis Cas­tle stands on a hill more than 2,000 feet high. Your will en­joy the great views out of the cas­tle hill, and you will see that the Slo­vakian coun­try­side and Ta­tras moun­tains in the dis­tance are beau­ti­ful. In­side the cas­tle you will find a well pre­served dun­geon, sleep­ing quar­ters, kitchen and var­i­ous other rooms within its his­toric walls. Your trip to Slo­vakia would not be com­plete if you did not visit Spis Cas­tle.

Town Hall

Anoher build­ing in the town square is the Old Town Hall, which was built in 1550. Its arches make it a fine ex­am­ple of Re­nais­sance ar­chi­tec­ture. There are some ex­po­si­tions of the Spis Mu­seum on the first floor of the Town Hall. Its Ses­sion Hall is used for lo­cal govern­ment meet­ings. This is an at­trac­tive place lo­cated in the cen­ter of one of the best old vil­lages. To walk through the en­trance is like step­ping 500 years into the past.The paint­ings around the hall show the his­tory of the town.

St. Ja­cob’s Church

St Ja­cob church is a Ro­man Catholic ed­i­fice, and one of the most im­por­tant sacral build­ings in Slo­vakia. In­side is the tallest late-Gothic al­tar in the world, por­tray­ing Mary with Je­sus, as well as the 12 apos­tles, carved by Mas­ter Pavol.

Vlko­linec

If you are in Slo­vakia do not miss the op­por­tu­nity to visit Vlko­linec, a vil­lage in Velka Fa­tra. It is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of old rus­tic ar­chi­tec­ture. Vlko­linec is vil­lage with two rows of houses with long court­yards. This is the only vil­lage in Slo­vakia that has not been dis­turbed by new devel­op­ment. There are 45 houses in Vlko­linec, each made up of two or three rooms. There are sev­eral ar­chi­tec­tural jewels. The well and the bell-tower are among them. They both played im­por­tant parts in the past; the well is still the only source of drink­ing wa­ter in the vil­lage. The bell-foundry was built in 1770, the baroque-clas­si­cal church (of Our Lady) in 1875.

Caves of Ag­gtelek Karst and

Slovak Karst

The Caves of Ag­gtelek Karst and Slovak Karst isa UNESCO World Her­itage site con­sist­ing of 712 caves spread out over a to­tal area of 55,800 ha along the bor­der of Hun­gary and Slo­vakia.

Barde­jov Town

Barde­jov is one of the most beau­ti­ful towns in Slo­vakia. It was added to the UNESCO World Her­itage List in 2000. This town is lo­cated in north-east­ern Slo­vakia, in the hills of the Beskyd Moun­tains. Barde­jov of­fers a lot of ar­chi­tec­tural and cul­tural gems. The town cen­tre is in the form of a rec­tan­gu­lar main square, en­closed on three sides by 46 burgher houses, the parish basil­ica of St Egid­ius, the Town Hall (the first build­ing in Slo­vakia with Re­nais­sance stone mould­ing) and Great Jewish Syn­a­gogue with rit­ual baths and a kosher slaugh­ter­house. Six kilo­me­ters away from Barde­jov are the no­to­ri­ous

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