Levoča, Slovakia

Levoča (population 14,600), one of the best-preserved histrical towns in Slovakia, is situated to the east of the High Tatras, in the heart of the Spis region. On June 2009, Levoča was added by UNESCO to its World Heritage List.

Vista of Levoca City

Vista of Levoca City

Towards the Centre of Levoca City

Towards the Centre of Levoca City

Town Gate of Levocz

Town Gate of Levoca

Present-day town was founded in the place of the Slavonic settlements after the tatar invasion in 1242. It was declared the capital of the province of Spis Saxons by the king Stefan V in 1271.

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Paul’s work; Madonna and Child

You need to know about Majstra Pavla (Master Paul) before entering the old town square of Levoca. Master Paul of Levoča (Majster Pavol z Levoče) was a medieval carver and sculptor of the 15th and 16th century, active mostly in the town of Levoča. Most documents about him vanished at the Levoča fire in 1550. So, neither his surname, nor dates or places of birth and death are known. It is assumed that he was born between 1470 and 1480. He must have died between 1537 and 1542.

Central square of the old town of Levoca

Central square of the old town of Levoca

This square is now called as “Námestie Majstra Pavla” (Square of Master Paul).

 Sightseeing map of Levoca

Sightseeing map of Levoca, got it from the tourist information office

Tourist information centre of Levoca

Tourist information office of Levoca

Majstra Pavla dom (Master Paul's House), now it’s the museum.

Majstra Pavla dom (Master Paul’s House), now it’s the museum.

The Last Supper scene from Master Paul's altar in Levoča

The Last Supper scene from Master Paul’s altar in Levoča

 Master Paul's work

Master Paul’s work

Master Paul's altar

Master Paul’s altar

Renaissance Mansion of Turzo, the family was a rich nobleman in Hungarian kingdom.

Renaissance Mansion of Turzo, the family was a rich nobleman in Hungarian kingdom.

Statue of Ľudovít Štúr, Slovak politician, writer and national thinker

Statue of Ľudovít Štúr, Slovak politician, writer and national thinker

Ľudovít Štúr was the leader of the Slovak national revival in the 19th century, the author of the Slovak language standard eventually leading to the contemporary Slovak literary language. Štúr was an organizer of the Slovak volunteer campaigns during the 1848 Revolution, he was also politician, poet, journalist, publisher, teacher, philosopher, linguist and member of the Hungarian Parliament.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. James (right) and the Old Town Hall (left).

Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. James (right) and the Old Town Hall (left).

Roman Catholic Parish Church of St. James has served its believers for daily worshipping for more than 700 years.

This altar is a masterpiece of Master Paul.

This altar is a masterpiece of Master Paul.

Church of St. James has a rich history and a treasury of many art monuments, the works of the medieval well-known woodcarver Master Paul.

Altar of the Nativity in St. James Cathedral

Altar of the Nativity

Evangelical Church, Levoca

Evangelical Church, Levoca

 “Cage of Shame", punishment cage outside the old Town Hall

“Cage of Shame”, punishment cage outside the old Town Hall

Nowadays Levoca ranges among the most beautiful historical town reserves with well-preserved architectonical profiles of the medieval town.

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