It is a city titled also as an entrance gate to the High Tatras.
Picturesque scenery offers to its inhabitants and of course to tourists, which
have decided to admire its beauties, magnificent look to the history and
present, combined on this small area. Fact, that
already primitive man was
seized by the beauty of nature fited a discovry from Gánovce, archeologies
have here gradually discoverd dumb evidences about his existency.
Later was this area ocupated
by various tribes, for example Kelts, Tatars, Mongols or
Germans. Document evidences from the year 1256 say that in this year was Poprad considered as a fullworthed
settlement with its own name, but some information mention it already in the
year 1209 in the list of king Ondrej.
But th presenting document of king Bela IV.dates from year 1256. Amount of
original Slovak inhabitants exceeded
mighty rushes of German inhabitants and the name of
settlement was changed into Deutschendorf.
Later the town belonged to Poland for a short time.
Gradually begins the growth of economical and social life. Establishment of the paper –
factory in the year 1812 and
brewery has brought to Poprad´s inhabitants lots of employ possibilities and
development of manufacture and factory production. The main change for inhabitants meant railway construstion in
the year 1871. At last Poprad became popular and came out of the shadows.
Nowadays the city is famous relax and sport center, nice place for spending
holidays and recovering. The new
center offers many possibilities how to spend free time. Gotic church from
the 13th century is named with the same name as the square on which it stands
– Saint Egídius.
Places of Interest
Gothic church of saint Egidius
To tourists we offer visiting High Tatras Museum ,which hides history of our
city. The High Tatras present good conditions for its visitors, trams, busses,
traim, railways – all this bring them in comfort to starting points of this
smallest mountains in the world.
Poprad has five wards, which have together 56 000 inhabitants. Spišská
Sobota, Stráže, Veľká, Matejovce and Kvetnica can be also really proud of its history and culture.
It was developing quite
in the same way as a hole city Poprad. Already in the past it was an
important small markt city. King Matej has
spent here his free time, but also a famous
traveller Móric Beňovský. From historical monuments
is nacessary to mention the Saint Georg´s Church and well – preserved
renesance square. Also family af famous master Brokoff come from Spišská
Sobota. The primary school in this ward educated
hopeful future hockey players, who have here specific classes specified for this
Veľká was in the past famous for its biggest and fertilest grounds –
2000 ha. Its own place have here got also famous blueprinting conntected woth
home – production of linnen. After World War II. was
this part annexed with Poprad. Tourists can have
wonderful outlook at the tops of High Tatras here. Similar to Spišská
Sobota also Veľká has a sport primary school specified for
From the beginning prevailshere
industrial production. It blongs to the oldest comunities, originaly caled as a Matej´s
comunity. In the past businessman Karl August Scholtz has in this ward
established workshop, which produced combs for horses, gradually it became the
most important factory in Slovakia. Today the city van be proud of its modern
factory producing automatic washingmaschines – WHIRPOOL.
It is the youngest and at the same time the smallest part of Poprad. According
to historical documents was it Slovak guard settlement.
For tourists and inland inhabitants creates Kvetnica perfect oasis of peace and
rest. I the past it became famous for its climate spa. Originaly it was
supposed as a sanatorium for molitary invalids, later as a tuberculosis
center for railwaymen. Since the year 1940 have been in spa pavilions cured
diseases of upper respire ways and lungs.
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