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.
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.
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.
This square is now called as “Námestie Majstra Pavla” (Square of Master Paul).
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 Parish Church of St. James has served its believers for daily worshipping for more than 700 years.
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.
Nowadays Levoca ranges among the most beautiful historical town reserves with well-preserved architectonical profiles of the medieval town.