» SR, Banska Stiavnica: The Most Impressive Calvary in Central Europe
SR, Banska Stiavnica: The Most Impressive Calvary in Central Europe
In the heart of Slovakia is located a historical town which is also a UNESCO town. We go there today. It is unique Banska Stiavnica famous for history of mining and many important sights.
The goal of our trip was this time a sacral sight that is local landmark and gives it a sort of oriental feel. We saw it as small children in fairy-tales yet never with naked eye. Its architecture fascinates already from afar and we haven’t mentioned its spiritual importance. You probably already have known what we talk about. It is Calvary Banska Stiavnica , which consists of twenty-two individual sacral buildings.
Right after we parked our car at the edge of the city, we walked along an asphalt road following only our noses. As a direction served a church on a hill referred to as Scharffenberg or Sharp Hill . You really don’t need any map or ask people where the calvary is as it is visible almost from any side of Banska Stiavnica. Soon we found ourselves within the calvary’s compound. There are pretty high trees underneath of which were trails. When gradually climbed uphill we passed by individual chapels depicting scenes from the crucification of Jesus Christ, and seven pains of the Virgin Mary.
Except for chapels, the Calvary consists also of three churches (Dolni church, Holy Stairs, Upper church). While climbing up, we had made couple of breaks during which we read a book on the past and present of this sight. We had learned this complex is built in the baroque style. The founder is considered to be Frantisek Perger. He not only planned the whole construction, which started in 1744, but he also participated in it. Mere seven years later, it was done. Concretely on September 13, 1751 when the first holy mass took place. Interesting fact is that the whole building was funded by townsfolk money. Coat of arms of the large donnors are to be seen at the front of the chapels. Even Emperor Francis I paid his visit here.
Alas, time and ignorance of government officials has led to the decay of this sight. It was renovated in the past. In 1894, by architect Viliam Groszmann, and in the years 1978–1981 when the state partially funded its renovation, the work was done by volunteers. After 1989, as paradoxical as it seems, the sight decayed the most. The chapels were plundered, and individual objects demolished. This ruinous behavior made this sight to the list of 100 most endangered sights in the world. However, this story has a happy end to it. Thanks to volunteers, NGOs, and other help, there has been a systematic renovation that has been giving the Calvary life since 2011. We ourselves saw the voluntary work which resulted in renovated sanctuaries.
On the very top, we realized this Baroque compound hides unique combination of architecture, sculpture, painitng, and art crafts we have never seen. Should you add unique vistas to surrounding nature, hills, and villages of the Banska region you will realize that you are in paradise where man and nature live in harmony. It will get you to the past and you will value the work of your grandparents. At least we saw it like that.
By all means, Calvary Banska Stiavnica gives more to the interpretations of the Way of the Cross. One thing is that there are three churches, prison (Ecce homo), and the Holy Sepulchre. It is by far the most impressive calvary in Slovakia. With the city of Banska Stiavnica the calvary is in UNESCO’s world heritage sites list. We can only recommend you to see it if you happen to be aorund.
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
Last week we promised you to take you on some tourist trails above Malachov village. These take you through former mines and local anomaly of "natural fridge".
There are many interesting places around Banska Bystrica. Malachov is one of them. We visit it today.
One of the most beautiful mining cities in Slovakia – Banska Stiavnica. It is unique for its architecture, history, and atmosphere like anywhere else. Its romantic streets and quiant nooks tempt you to discover this place of long history.
Slovakia's third largest city is a place you shouldn't miss while traveling in the east of the country. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the area. It has beautiful historic center and the city itself is gateway to Saris, a region of amazing nature, rich culture, important Ruthenian minority and Bardejov, a famous UNESCO grade town. So what you can see in Presov?
Join us for a tour to the Stiavnice region. Banska Stiavnica is sort of its cultural, historic and social center.
We can describe Banska Bystrica easily – mining history and the Slovakian National Uprising. Since time immemorial has been the history of Banska Bystrica tied to mining – mostly silver and copper.
Join us for a tour in central Slovakia. We visit the district of Ziar nad Hronom, precisely the Royal mining town of Kremnica. Once, gold and silver was mined there and there is still a mint in operation. It is one of the oldest constantly operating undertakings in the world.
After our introduction to Kremnica last week we set off now to the surroundings of the city. There are several options where to. You can either climb up to Kremnicky stit, go to the towns of Ihrac or Ziar, or visit Kremnice mines nearby. Our destinations were Tri krize, Skalka, Krahule village and we paid visit to recently bulit observation tower.
There is the town of Svätý Anton in a picturesque area of the Stiavnicke Hills (only several kilometers away from Banska Stiavnica which belongs under UNESCO protection). Since time immemorial it has been linked to hunting the game. Today, we visit this town and learn something about its history and interesting places.
In the Slatina River valley, about 14 kilometers from Zvolen, there is the village of Viglas and above, the castle Viglas stands proudly. It is this castle we decided to visit during our trip across Slovakia.
Banska Bystrica is often looked at as the heart of the country below the Tatras. There one of the most important memorials in Slovakia is located. It reminds the nation of the second world war and Slovak resistance to fascism.
Do you consider yourself a folk music fan? Do you admire craftsmanship of folk artisans? Or are you interested in old almost forgotten agricultural labor and you want to even try it? Or do you just think to which part of Slovakia you should take a trip? Put your hesitation away and visit with us the picturesque town of Hrusov for tomorrow the 18Th annual Hostianska Parada Folk Festival begins.
Slovakia is a country that is rich not only for natural beauty, but also in mineral wealth hidden in the bowels of many a picturesque village or town. Among the most famous is certainly Kremnica mining town, Banská Štiavnica or villages Spania Dolina and Hodruša - Hamry.
In beautiful district of Krupina there are many interesting places worth visiting. This time we set as our goal the town of Bzovik. This small town is known as a former Cistercian abbey. However, our journey will not end there.
Bzovik - is it a fortificated monastery or anti-Turkish citadel? Where is to be found, how to get there, or, when and why this complex was constructed? - All these fact could be read in today's article.
Today we move together to Novohrad region. We visit the most interesting nooks of this small town. Also we walk around a beautiful ruin of Filakovsky Castle.
Today our steps are directed to central Slovakia. We will visit interesting city of Zvolen, an important administrative and social center of the whole region. The city situated in Zvolen Basin, there are many important cultural and historical sights in the city worth visiting.
At first glance you might village Malachov located in the middle in Slovak republic considered one of the local part of Banska Bystrica. Appearances are deceptive in this case.
The symbolic centre of Europe we can find not only the Slovak Republic, but also in many surrounding states of the Old Continent. It just depends on your point of view and definition according to which we are looking for him.
In today's photo gallery we'll take you to the fascinating world of ice. You will look at the div...
The following photos, we will introduce you to the traditional Krnacek races, which take place ev...
Banska Stiavnica is an old town located in the middle of a collapsed Stiavnice volcano. For long ...
The Stiavnicke Hills are well known for their mining history. This beautiful land has mines goin...
On picturesque Krupinska plain lays the town of Bzovík. Right next to it is a citadel designed t...
Unusual folk music festival - this could be a depiction of the festival called Hontian Show. It i...
Presov is considered the gateway to Saris – a region for which is characteristic beautiful nature...
Let's go together and see dark streets of an old town surrounded by the mountains. Today, we visi...