With our camcorder we move to Spisske Podhradie town. Above on a cliff lures one of Slovakia’s largest castle compounds – Spissky Castle. The castle is actually administered by Zehra despite Spisske Podhradie is sort of an entrance gate to the castle. This is one of many interesting facts you will learn in this article.
Spis Castle is a very well preserved ruin. You can see it from afar. No wonder we see the castle on coins, images in books, or at postcards. It is something like a symbol of Slovakia. Therefore, we simply couldn’t miss it on our journey across the country.
We sat in our car on one lovely day. Our destination would be Spissky Castle. Right at the foot of this great work of human craft is a car park. Climbing to the entrance gate is steep but short. We bought tickets and thus were free to explore castle’s history.
It dates back to the 12th century , to the year 1120 (the first written evidence). Then was truly bulking up. A huge fortification, two-floored palace, cylinder tower and other structures were built. A Slavic settlement was present here and Celtic before that. Archeological diggings found out even traces dating to Paleolite and presnejšie od roku 1120 (prvá písomná zmienka), kedy postupne jeho výstavba začala naberať na mohutnosti. Vzniklo rozsiahle opevnenie, dvojposchodový palác, valcová veža a ďalšie stavebné diela. Vieme, že pred písomne doloženým vznikom hradu sa tu nachádzalo Slovanské osídlenie, ešte skôr Keltské a dokonca archeologické nálezy dokumentujú aj osídlenia z neolitu či konečného paleolitu. Keď to celé zhrnieme, história miesta súčasného hradu siaha od 5. tisícročia pred Kristom po dnešok. A to je už slušný časový úsek.
The first grassy courtyard (the bottom courtyard) made us realize why this place is so popular. Perhaps, the reason lays in the 200-meter travertine hill the peak of which is at 634 meters. It creates an unconquerable place, as well as a great vantage point, in combination with mighty rocks. The castle is a perfect example of historical development of architecture. Also, it is important regarding the number of important historical events and personalities. For instance, Bela IV, Matej Korvin, Jan Zapolsky, Alexander Turza etc.
We wont dig deep into the history. Rather, we tell you more about the present. Today, the castle is in a conserved state and also renovated. You can see bottom courtyard surrounded with walls. There is the so called Jiskrova Fortress which was a captain’s residence. Then move to the middle-castle with the main gate. It is there where you can see presentations of medieval craft and buy some sort of medieval souvenir. If you manage to get away from beautiful contemporary items then you will get to the upper castle, the most-preserved part of the whole complex. Things you can see there include preserved walls of a palace and other residential buildings, and a defense tower. You will see there a renaissance arcade corridor. It used to connect Gothic palaces, chapel and defense chapters of the castle. Today, there is exhibition of weapons and archeological findings. On other place at the castle, you can see a torture chamber, medieval kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, or armory. A fifteen-century Gothic chapel, St Elizabeth of Hungary chapel is also worth a visit. Sermons are still served in the chapel.
We had enjoyed the tour in the castle for hours. There was still something to look at. Since 1993, the castle, nearby town of Levoca and other sights around (Zehra, Spisska Kapitula etc.) have been part of the UNESCO world heritage list. The castle rock itself was once declared a nature sight and its of European-level importance.
Upon seeing the castle, we had to walk around its surroundings. We will tell you about it some other time. Spissky Castle is rightfuly one of the best attractions in Slovakia. Everyone in the country should see it.
The area of Spis Region offers really numerous quantity of attractive places, where curious visitors could always discover something new, the photographers could get their topics for attractive sceneries, and your free time could be spent with standard Sunday walks. So, to one of such interesting places belongs also Spisska Kapitula, a monument registered
in UNESCO World Heritage Survey.
Summer is in full swing and it is the best time for family trips. Medieval castles are among the most popular attractions. Children and adults enjoy this. That's why we were fascinated by a new book that helps you to discover medieval castles from a new perspective.
Slovakia is full of immense natural wealth, attractive sites that are regularly visited by crowds of tourists from different parts of the world. The Slovak Paradise is undoubtedly one of these key tourist sites. Today we are going to the Piecky Gorge, where we take a beautiful hike in the wild nature.
Between the Belianske Tatras and Spisska Magura, the picturesque Goral village of Zdiar spreads out. Come along with us for a short walk through this vibrant village and discover its history, sights, customs, or attractions in the area.
Today we will take you to the location between the north-eastern slopes of the Low Tatras and the Kozie Chrbty (Goatbacks), more precisely to the Vikartov Moat, where the picturesque village of Spišské Bystré is located. In the valley of the Hornád River lies a village that offers several interesting sights, two nature trails, as well as beautiful nature in the area.
On our trip we saw Spisske Podhradi last week. Also we climbed up castle hill to magnificent Spissky Castle. There we walked onto a yellow trail which akes us through unique nature around and also the town of Zehra.
After past trips to nature, today we will focus on the remarkable cities of the Prešov region, which are decorated with unique sights. We will go to the village of Žehra, where we will visit a unique church, take a walk to the medieval Spiš Castle and not miss modern art in Medzilaborce.
Today we visit an ancient town with a complext of the most valuable landmarks in Slovakia. It is part of UNESCO (since 2009) with Spissky Castle and Spisska Kapitula. We talk about beautiful town of Levoca.
There are many beautiful towns and villages in east Slovakia. We visit one of them today. This one is situated between Branisko, the Levoccske hills, the Hornadska basin just several kilometers from Spissky Castle. The village is called Polanovce. There are interesting buildings as well as beautiful nature.
Today in our wonders across Slovakia we move in Poprad to Spisska Sobota, a protected area of historical landmarks. We will explore its history which experienced rises and falls. Despite uneasy fate its artistic value didn’t vanish. It offers a unique look on lives of our ancestors in the Spis region.
Today we head to eastern Slovakia in the former village Strážky, which is currently part of the local Spišska Bela. Strážky lies on the main route between the Royal City Kežmarok and the previously mentioned city Spišska Bela. Known for its spectacular castle, an English park and a unique bell tower. And for these unusual sights pointed our steps.
Spisska Bela town is located in the north of Poprad Basin, below the huge Belianske Tatras, at the crossroads to Kezmarok, Stara Lubovna, Zamagurie and the High Tatras. In today's journey across Slovakia we will explore the beauty of this amazing town.
Eight hundred years ago, there was started to be built,on travertine hill, big stone building, named as Spiš Castle. However, in 1780, a big fire destroyed this construction, but the damage was contributed even by owners alone. Despite this fact, the castle is not only usual ruin but also popular architecture of Romanesque-Gothic style.
No doubt, a church tower belongs inseparably to typical silhouette of historical town of Spišská Nová Ves. Its gallery was open for public couple of years ago. So, when favourite weather allows, it would be worth to burn some calories and to mount several stages upstairs, in order to enjoy such unique outlook.