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What is worth seeing in Slovakia

 

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On the territory of Slovakia, monuments of architecture and visual arts of all kinds and levels of quality can be seen; domestic monuments, as well as artworks of several different European places of origin. The uniqueness of this area lies in the fact that side by side there have existed and developed styles of the “Latin” Europe (Italian art, art of German and Austrian Danube region) and the art of “Byzantine” Europe (Eastern Carpathians, the Balkans). Thanks to the professional, interesting guidance even the sights of the so called peripherals art and folk art provide a deep experience for our clients.

The experiences and perceptions of the sights are enhanced by the natural frame and cultural and historical landscape, in which they are embedded. On the territory of Slovakia, you can see both mountainous as well as lowland landscape – mountain peaks, pasture hills, gorges and caves. The High Tatras with their mountain glacial lakes, the gorges of the Slovak Paradise mountains, the Dunajec river rift in the northern Spis, deep forests, hills with vineyards, as well as with remnants of highland peasant farming.

True pearls of the area of Slovakia are the monuments of the Late Gothic period - architecture, sculptures and panel paintings. More than a hundred of Gothic wing altars have been preserved here. One of them – situated in the city of Levoca – is the highest one in the world. In this urban parish church even the number of altars is unique – there are 9 of them; in the parish church of the city of Bardejov there are even 11 Gothic wing altars. Large-scale and interesting Gothic murals can be found in more than 200 urban and rural medieval fortified churches. Unexpectedly, manifold are the examples of Renaissance sacral art of Protestants, as well as the Baroque sacral art of catholic churches. In both periods, the art coming from German-speaking regions and the Baroque art from the 18th century Vienna royal court and monasteries of Austrian lands were developing.

Unique on the territory of Slovakia are also the castles and chateaus. Most of their medieval building cores are enriched with additional renaissance fortification systems, which used to form an important barrier against the Turkish expansion. Worth seeing are also the preserved historical centres of old cities, rich thanks to trade, as well as mining. Mining towns – Kremnica, Banská Štiavnica, Banská Bystrica – used to be, thanks to gold, silver and copper, famous all over the medieval Europe.

The territory of Slovakia is also rich in remarkable sacral wooden buildings. Temples of each religion are very different in their architectural spatial character. The Evangelic churches from the 17th and 18th century have large interiors on cross ground-plan, wooden Roman Catholic churches are predecessors and twins of medieval brick churches and finally, the Greek Catholic temples “tserkvi“ belong by their composition of spaces to the Byzantine culture of Eastern Carpathians. Examples of rural folk architecture can be studied in regional open air museums.

You can find more details on “What interesting can be seen in Slovakia” in the publication The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of the monuments of Slovakia, which was compiled and elaborated by our expert guide and which, based on the seven-year experience of providing the services of Simplicissimus Reisen to foreign clients, was published by the partner publisher Simplicissimus. This one thousand-page publication contains 1 500 entries, almost 6 000 photos and 140 three-dimensional pictures of the monuments with extremely user-friendly information.

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