Spis and its secrets – the richness of the cultural borderland

This historical land, where many various nations have lived for many years, has preserved the symbols of its greatness until today – castles, churches, rich towns, Tatras landscapes. read more

This historical land, where many various nations have lived for many years, has preserved the symbols of its greatness until today – castles, churches, rich towns, Tatras landscapes. You can find many intriguing music shows in multiple gothic churches. „The first thing drawing attention is the huge richness, variety” – wrote Antoni Kroh about Spis region. The 700-year-old history of this land creates a picture of the coexistence of people of different religions, speaking different languages.

The culture of Spis has always been made together by Slovakians, Germans, Hungarians, Poles, Jews, the Gipsy – as Kroh continues – Diversity, multiculturalism have been natural phenomena there”. After many years it seems to be the biggest richness of this terrain.

The material proofs of this multiculturalism are the temples and cemeteries. The cemeteries are grown with plants, the graves become brittle and forgotten. The churches stand here still and their greatness proves the richness of former inhabitants of Spis. This was the area crossed by the trading trails from Hungary to Poland, where copper, coloured metals and wine were carried.

In Kezmarok there are two protestant churches one to another and a modern Greek-catholic church, and a Roman-catholic basilica nearby. In the centre of a nearby small village called Bušovice there are two big churches, one of which is closed and falls into ruin.

Since the 13th century, people begun building monumental gothic churches, which were quite often richly decorated. Master Pavel of Levoca, the scholar of Veit Stoß, built there the highest gothic altar in the world.

Among rich decorations, polychromies, altars and sculptures it is worth to notice the pictures including a music theme. Yet near the Polish border we can find a couple of interesting places. The churches in Spišská Stará Ves, Podolínec, Spisska Bela and Kezmarok are the Best examples of it. However, it is not easy to get inside these churches except the time of services.

This is why a single article is devoted to the church in Kezamrok, which is open for visitors (in summer), with a small admission, from Monday to Friday, 9-17 pm.

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