SK: Trip from Spisska Kapitula to Zehra I
This time we visit the east of Slovakia. Our destination aUNESCO landmarks. We are going to make our trip about history as well as tourism. We start at Spisska Nova Ves.
In case you want to see something really nice and unique and you want to spend no more than one day doing it we have a tip. Regardless if you come from Bratislava, your starting point is going to be Spisska Nova Ves . This ver town is situated on a main railway line, as for tourists who don’t travel there by car. As for those who have a car D1 freeway is the best way to get to the town. However, the latter is not our case.
While in Spisska Nova Ves we could either transfer to a local railway to Spisske Vlachy. Or we could take a bus. We chose the latter and moved toward a bus station. There we took a direct bus to Spisske Podhradi, one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the present. There are up to 145 cultural sights . The most famous are Spisska Kapitula and Spissky Castle.
Spisske Podhradi has always been tied to Spissky Castle. It was founded in the 12th century and it had become more independent during the course of time. In 1456, the town was given important market privileges. From then on it could held weekly markets. These were canceled only by socialism in the half of the 20th century. There were dozens of guilds and hundreds of workshops in the town. It could be even compared to some large Hungarian cities. Its location was important to make it a center of trade and crafts. It also became a religious center of the Spis region.
Spisska Kapitula became the residence of provost in the 12th century. In 1776 it became the residence of the bishopric of Spis. Initially there was a school, later a gymnasium, then the first institution for education of elementary teachers in Slovakia, a vocational school and today there is the priest seminary of Jan Vojtassak or theological institute. Since 1948, Spisska Kapitula has been a part of Spisske Podhradi.
We had walked through the most beautiful places there – church of Milosrdni Bratri, the synagogue, amazing Marianske Square and last but not least the main sight St Martin’s cathedral . There are the remains of bishop Jan Vojtassak apart from rare altars. The Romanesque-Gothic landmark was built in the 13th century. The church, the town of Levoca, Spissky Castle, church of the Holy Spirit and other sights became UNESCO’s world heritage in 1993. Also, we discovered the spot where is a sight of the castle which is the most popular. We were bit disappointed to see many beautiful houses in our view to be not maintained. However, we believe the houses and the center will be properly renovated in the future.
Near Marianske Square we saw a green tourist marking which directs people towards Spissky Castle. More about the castle itself is to be read zde. We did skip the chance to visit it. But this was only due to time constraints.
A direction sign is nearby. It directs to many possible destinations and we went along a yellow trail to Zehra village. Beautiful natural scenery opened up in front of us. But we tell you about it next week.
GPS: (Spisska Kapitula) 49°00'01.8"N 20°44'26.5"E
Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút
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.
The region of Spis boasts many historic sights as well as amazing natural wonders. In the forefront stand beloved locality- Bachledova vally, a sports resort in the south of the Spisska Magura mountain range.
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.
Last week we wrote about the history of construction and the symbolism of plague columns in Europe, today we will focus on these sights in Slovakia. Marian columns are the largest here. These are typical of a depiction of the Virgin Mary with a child or a statue of the Immaculate Conception (Immaculate Conception) on top of them.
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.
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 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.
We visited the town of Master Paul last week – Levoca. We move 11 kilometers to the south to Spisska Nova Ves. This town is considered the gateway to the national park of Slovensky Raj.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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