» SK, Liptov – Havranok Open Air Archeological Museum and a Solitary Tower
SK, Liptov – Havranok Open Air Archeological Museum and a Solitary Tower
We are about to spend the following weeks in the Liptov region. There we learn about its many beautiful nooks. Today we go to Liptovska Mara and see the open air archeological museum of Havranok which is also a sight of cultural significance.
It is bit more strenous way to get there. But don't discourage yourselves. You may reach Havranek from Bobrovnik village by following the red trail, or from Vlachy village. The hike takes about 40 minutes. Should you have a car, you may ride up to the Virgin Mary tower and from here on uphill.
After while you get on the hilltop of Ulozisko (742 m). You need to pay a small fee before entering the compound. Inside, there are accommodation facilities, fortification, or cult items of the early Iron Age and late Roman period. Also, you will be in the most important area of the Puchov culture in Slovakia. You will learn how Celtic fortification was discovered, sacrifice shafts, and stone ways. Also, a Slavic settlement founded later is well documended. The same applies to a wooden castle with a moat and residential tower. Moreover, a small church was built in this area too.
Examples of contemporary life include a settlement featuring pottery workshop, farming structures, and early Iron Age temple. Moreover, there is multi-layered fortification featuring gates, and a 12th-16th century fortified wooden castle. During the season (May-October) you may see some of regular events here such as Celtic sacrifice ritual, working leathers or sword fights. To see these off the season you must book it in advance.
The original Virgin Mary tower is also a part of the museum. As we mention it at the beginning of the article, the tower was originaly built in the 12th century. This solitary white structure by Liptovska Mara dam is a showcaase of Liptov's Gothic. Inside, a collection of reproduced 15th century panel paintings are on display, these were original part of Gothic altars – furniture inside the Virgin Mary church. Paintings also represented the life in 13 villages which no longer exist.
The trip to Havranok archeological open air museum is a great thing to do for families as you will learn some history, see interesting architecture, and hike.
GPS: 49°06'18.9"N 19°28'55.2"E
Text: Oskár Mažgút
Photos: HIK, o.z.
If you will travel through north road-line from west to the east of Slovakia (or vice versa) and will not be in a hurry, and would like to reflect on, which sightseeings will be worth to visit (or where you wish to have a rest for relax), so we have one reference for you: would you leave the highway at exit Liptovsky Hrádok and drive in direction to Pribylina.
The distinct region of Liptov offers many beautiful places to visit. Today, we take a look to the villages of Vavrisovo and Pribylina where we introduce you some interesting sights and tell you more on their history.
Liptovska Kokava is a quiant town spreading below the majestic peaks of the Western Tatras. Today, we visit the invaluable locality of Machy.
In region of Upper Liptov , on a way across the Low Tatras through the Certovica klippe, you should stop in the picturesque village of Vysna Boca. Awaiting you is an exhibition at the Miner´s Museum that has preserved traditional village buildings and beautiful surrounding nature, possibilities of hiking in the mountains and skiing.
During July, the second year of the international travel festival Infofest 2019, which brought not only fantastic lectures from around the world or top music performances, but also a number of interesting accompanying events, came to Liptovský Mikuláš.
Today we visit the district of Liptovský Mikuláš, more precisely two picturesque Liptov villages, which are located near the highway D1 (exit Liptovský Hrádok).
Liptov is one of the most visited regions in Slovakia and we will follow in the following weeks in the footsteps of distinctive Liptov villages, which still live in traditions and offer several sights. And we start in Vazec.
After a visit to Vazec, today we move a little further to the neighboring village Východná. This Liptov village has been associated with the biggest Slovak folklore festival, which has been held here since 1953 for decades.
Today we will take you to the district of Liptovský Hrádok - Dovalov. It was administratively attached to this charming town in 1971, although its size is larger than Hrádok itself.
In the eastern part of Liptovska basin at the foothills of the Low Tatras, there is the quiant mountain village of Kralova Lehota. This village is an important junction of the roads from the east, south, and west of the country. Interesting here are both natural and man-made sights which we are going to visit on this day.
If you belong to those who cannot imagine a summer without swimming and having fun in the water and you do not like crowded swimming pools or water parks and rather prefer swimming in lakes, ponds, rivers or ponds, you certainly know Liptovska Mara.
After our visit in Kalameny village we remain in the Liptov region. We move couple of kilometers to the smallest town of Liptov. It is rich, however, on natural, cultural and historical sights. The town we talk about is Liptovsky Hradok.
Couple of kilometers from Liptovsky Hradok, a town we saw last week, there is Liptovsky Mikulas – a district town, social and cultural center of the Liptov region. Today we take a tour in this town.
Today we visit one of the most interesting towns in Liptov. It is interesting for its history, art, architecture, and nature. The town we talk about is Liptovsky Jan. The town is set in the mouth of Janska Valley at the Nizke Tatry.
This time we visit West Tatra Mounains, 10 kilometers northeast of Liptovsky Mikulas. There we visit the quiant town of Ziar.
The district of Liptovsky Mikulas is the place we remain at. Today, we visit the mountain town of Maluzina in the mountainous region of upper Liptov, more concretely in Bocianska and Maluzinska valleys.
Our vacation got little bit ugly due to cold and rainy weather. This was why our initial goal was almost abandoned. We wanted to enjoy biking and walks in beautiful nature.
The actions of local museum influence even the present. There are many lectures on various subjects, educational and memorial programs, workshops and classes of traditional handcrafts.
After a visit in a small yet very interesting museum called the Underground below the Towers in Liptovsky Jan. The museum is focused on coins from their very beginnings deep below surface until they are actually made in the mint. We quickly moved from Janska Valley to see this. The guide from Stanisovska Cave had been waiting for us there.
After a week we are back to Liptov. This time I will not tempt the no crazy adrenaline games, on the contrary, I invite you to the museum. But not just any do! Underground beneath the towers, as this tiny museum in Liptovsky Jan name, conceals an engaging exhibition that will introduce you to a life full of coins from birth in the depths of the earth after its birth in the mint.
The Liptov region in central Slovakia is very diverse. Every year it lures many visitors. It is thanks to its beautiful nature, very diverse in fact. Except for tourist and bicycle trails it has a lot of beauty left in the underground. There are also thermal springs or you can learn a lot of about history there. Also people loving adrenaline will enjoy it.
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