The town of Spišské Podhradie was built at the same time as Spišský castle. The name
"Podhradie" can be translated as "the place under the castle". Soon it became the center
of trade, crafts, education and other areas of life.
There are a few beautiful churches (Church of Narodenia Panny Márie, Church of
Milosrdných bratov, Evanjelical Church), Jewish Synagogue and Mariánsky Column in
the middle of Spišské Podhradie.
The town is known to be a historical and cultural jewel of this area. Spišský castle,
Spišská Kapitula and the Church of St Ducha in Žehra are on the list of world cultural
and natural heritage and are protected by UNESCO (United Nation Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization) since December 1993.
Points of interest, remarkables and rarities
Spišský castle was built at the end of 12th and beginning of 13th century. It is one of
the biggest castles in the central Europe. The castle is a protected cultural building.
The management of the castle organizes plenty of events with cultural and historical
themes. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views from the castle tower.
Spišská Kapitula is a unique example of architectural complex surrounded by rampart. The
original purpose of the complex was to be a religious center with its own educational
institutions and schools. The Cathedral of St Martin and Zapoľský chapel is located
in the middle of this religious complex. The interior of this church is just
magnificent - there are plenty of altars, religious paintings and sculptures.
Another interesting features are Clock Tower and renovated building which was built by
Spišská Kapitula is the Centre of Regional Bishop.
Church of St Ducha in Žehra dates from 13th century. The interior of the church is full
of gothic paintings and icons. Christening well situated in the church is made of
The area around Spišské Podhradie is suitable for those who like walking in the nature,
have an interest in traditional Slovak rural architecture and like to have a glass of
natural spring water. There are plenty of mineral natural wells in this area.