Two Primacies of Spišská Nová Ves
When visiting Spišská Nová Ves, be sure not to miss the Roman Catholic church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary built in the late 14th century. Looking at its walls, you will see as many as seven clocks. Its 70-m Neo-Gothic tower is the highest church tower in Slovakia. The church is located in a unique lentil-shaped square, which is the longest of its kind in Europe.
Culture and History
Be sure to visit the Roman Catholic Church of Divine Mercy, the Evangelic Church or the Odeum. It is a beautiful Art Nouveau building of a remarkable shape – one of only eight extant buildings of its kind. In addition to the theatre hall, the building also includes a concert hall, a restaurant, and a café. A part of the building used to serve as a hotel.
🎡 The Seven Wonders
There are numerous astonishing and beautiful structures around the world. Seven of them have been chosen as the “Seven Wonders of the World”. Spišská Nová Ves did not want to be left behind; its inhabitants created a list of their own “Seven Wonders of the Town”. One of them follows the long tradition of markets. The Spišský Jarmark market is very popular both among the populace of the town and visitors coming from all corners of Slovakia and abroad. The Jarmark has been organised annually for the last 60 years. It off ers something for everyone. Those who prefer adventure and excitement can try one of up to 46 amusement attractions.
Nature at Hand
Enjoy the peace and beauty of the “Slovak Paradise”. The area full of natural wonders, activities, trip destinations and adventures lies not more than 5 kilometres from Spišská Nová Ves. There is a dense network of hiking trails throughout the area, there are numerous ski slopes and cross-country skiing trails for winter holidaymakers, or challenging via ferratas for keen rock climbers.
Slovakia can boast a number of monuments included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. One of them is the Spiš Castle near Spišská Nová Ves. You will be taken back to the 12th century and feel like you are in the Middle Ages when you visit the ruins, which are one of the largest castle complexes in Europe and the largest castle ruins in Central Europe.
Text: Kateřina Konopíková
The whole article can be found in the spring issue of the Leo Express magazine