Zehra, Slovakia

Zehra is a village and municipality in the Spišská Nová Ves District in the Košice Region of central-eastern Slovakia.

Village Centre of Zehra

Village Centre of Zehra

The village lies at an altitude of 426 metres and covers an area of 9.658 km². It has a population of about 1700 people.

Žehra village

Žehra village

The village was first mentioned in local records in 1245, when Count Johann of Žehra was given permission to construct a church there by the church authorities of Spiš.

Church of the Holy Spirit, Zehra

Church of the Holy Spirit, Zehra

The church building is a single nave structure, topped with onion-shaped domes of the 17th century.

Church of the Holy Spirit, Zehra

Church of the Holy Spirit, Zehra

Church of the Holy Spirit, Zehra

Church of the Holy Spirit, Zehra

The Church of the Holy Spirit was completed in 1275. It is noted both for its unique appearance, perched on a mound above the village, and for its remarkable series of wall paintings.

Interior of the Holy Spirit Church

Interior of the Holy Spirit Church

Wall Paintings of the Holy Spirit Church

Wall Paintings of the Holy Spirit Church

Churchyard of the Holy Spirit, Zehra

Churchyard of the Holy Spirit, Zehra

The church was declared a Czechoslovak National Monument in 1985, and in 1993 was listed as a World Heritage Site together with the nearby Spiš Castle, Spišská Kapitula and (since 2009) the nearby town of Levoča.

Žehra Village

Žehra Village, view from the Holy Spirit

Village of Zehra

Village of Zehra

Village of Zehra

Village of Zehra

I strolled in the village about 30 minutes but meet nobody villagers without some tourists.
I love Zehra, a peaceful sleepy village.

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