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Region Pieniny and Zamagurie

Spišská Stará Ves

 Attraction highlighting: Gothic Church of Nanebovzdania Panny Márie

flag The town of Spišká Stará Ves is situated in the middle of Zamagurie region, in the border area between Slovakia and Poland. Zamagurie region consists of 19 areas. The small mountain of Spišská Magura divides Zamagurie region from the rest of Slovakia. Town part called Lysá nad Dunajcom belonged to Červený Kláštor in the 14th century and and became an individual village in the 19th century. It was inhabited by German settlers and was called Golembark. At the moment, it represents an individual part of Spišská Stará Ves.

Panorama of the town

The original name of Spišská Nová Ves is Antiqua Villa. It had a favorable position and therefore became a popular merchant route on the way from Poland to Hungarian Empire. Every Tuesday a small market took place in this town and inhabitants did not have to pay any taxes or fees. In 1399 Spišská Nová Ves had a status of free town and could export, store and import vine, beer and other beverages.
The economic growth of this town was slowed down in the 15th century. Many battles, wars, fires, diseases and other disasters ruined this place and majority of inhabitants moved away and found better life opportunities abroad.

Points of interest, remarkables and rarities

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The major historical and religious building of Spišská Stará Ves is gothic Church of Nanebovzdania Panny Márie. It dates from 15th century and its major altar was built in 1765. The shape of this church is similar to the shape of fortress. The christening well made of red marble and decorated with the sculpture of St Juraj is very valuable part of the interior. In 1878, church was destroyed by fire and rebuilt into its present appearance.
The major road across the town has always been the center of town life. The town has grown and is now the main center of Zamagurie region.

Roman Catholic church

It has also developed good cross-border co-operation with "neighbours" in Poland. Together they became a popular destination for tourists and visitors from both countries and offer good standard of service in a few restaurants, hotels and guest houses.

Pieniny - the smallest national park in the Slovak Republic - stretches around Spišská Nová Ves. It is beautiful place to come and enjoy fresh air, superb scenery and picturesque views, do a bit of walking or mountain cycling. There are also several historical monuments to be seen and if you want to see some typical examples of folk architecture of eastern region, do come to Pieniny. River Dunajec is often used for water sports and traditional sailing on flat boats called "plte". It is an ideal place to unwind for families or older couples who like holidays in the summer or winter. There are also good opportunities for skiing in winter.

borders with Poland

Translation: Bendíková

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