Visiting nice towns in Slovakia

Trip Start Jul 14, 2005
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Trip End Jul 31, 2005


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Sunday, July 24, 2005

We did not only climb mountains, but we also made a visit to Levoca and Presov.
Present day Levoca is an urban cultural historical reservation. Levoca is situated in the north-western part of Eastern Slovakia, in the Spis region, and on the southern foot of Levocske mountains. It was founded in the middle of 13th century, after the Tatars raided the local lands. Successively it became the most important town in the Spis region.
The town is rich with historical gothic and renaissance buildings. In the historical center, you will find more than 50 gothic, renaissance and early-baroque houses of nobles with arcade interior courtyards. The original town walls from the 14th and 15th century still remained preserved around the town center and they are about 2 km long. Several towers, bastions, and KosickŠ and MenhardtovskŠ town gates have been reconstructed.
Presov is an important cultural and historical center in East Slovakia. A Slav settlement, it saw the arrival of Hungarian and German colonialists and then went through a tumultuous period, notably in the revolutionary years of 1848-9. The elliptical shaped historical core of the city has been preserved and a part of the fortifications still exist today. The town center is decorated with dozens of Renaissance-style homes. Several important monuments can be found on the town square.
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