Levoca Things to Do

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    ST. JAMES CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Feb 1, 2014

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    On St. James Church wall

    Or.....St. Jacob Church
    Which-ever, this UNESCO LISTED Roman Catholic church is one of the most important sacral buildings in Slovakia.
    Its wooden main altar is the tallest of its kind in the world.

    I had the misfortune of arriving a fraction too late to see the inside. This is what you need to remember - THE DOORS OF CLOSE AT 4PM - QUITE EARLY.
    Well, I missed a beauty here, so I am telling you not too, as this is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LISTED CHURCH with much to see inside.

    When entering Levoca, it was this Church and its tall slender tower that stood out above the rest of the towns buildings
    The interior of the church is what is so special, as it is said to be a unique museum of medieval sacral art.
    There are thirteen lateral altars in the church, eight Late-Gothic, two Renaissance and three Baroque ones. The collection of Gothic liturgical objects is valuable.

    I do suggest that you look at this website which shows photos and has descriptions of the inside of the Church and virtual tours. It is an excellent website and well worth viewing.
    These links show you virtual tours through-out the church
    http://www.chramsvjakuba.sk/p05/p05.html
    http://www.chramsvjakuba.sk/p04/p04.html
    http://www.chramsvjakuba.sk/p03/p03.html
    http://www.chramsvjakuba.sk/p02/p02.html
    http://www.chramsvjakuba.sk/p01/p01.html

    I am kicking myself after viewing these! I should have viewed the Church first and then the rest of the the town.

    OPENING HOURS OF THE CHURCH

    January - April
    Monday - Saturday: 8:30 - 4PM
    April - June
    Monday: 11:30 - 4PM Tuesday - Saturday: 8:30 - 4PM Sunday: 1 - 4PM
    July - August
    Monday: 11 - 5PM Tuesday - Saturday - 5pm Sunday: 12:00 - 5PM
    September - October
    Monday: 11:30 - 5pm Tuesday - Saturday: 8:30 - 4pm Sunday 1 - 4pm
    November - December
    Monday: 11:30 - 4pm Tuesday - Saturday: 8:30 - 4pm

    ADMISSION
    Adults 2 €
    Reduced admission fee 1 €

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    MASTER PAUL'S SQUARE

    by balhannah Updated Feb 1, 2014

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    The square is an oblong square, located in the middle of the historical centre of Levoca. It is a wonderful square to wander around. I didn't count, but there are meant to be 60 burghers' houses built in Renaissance style of the 14th and 15th centuries surrounding the square. These houses are seen as showing how rich this town was in the Middle Ages.

    Some other houses to look for in the square, are no 43, Mariassy's House that was built in the 15th century. The stone portal of 1530 and the Renaissance courtyard with loggia and arcades are to be seen.

    Krupek's House @ no44, is another with a richly decorated façade of pyramidal paintings and decoration. The house was built in the 16th century for an important merchant from Krakow.

    Next door at no 45, is Spillenberg's house from the 16th & 17th centuries. It's another with a beautiful façade decorated in Renaissance style. The house belonged to a Doctor.

    In the square is St. James´ Church, the second largest church in Slovakia with the largest wooden late-gothic altar in the world. Inside is unique work of famous medieval wood-carver Master Paul.

    If your looking for the Tourist information centre, then you will find it here at no 58. It is also another beautifully decorated building.

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    THE LARGE PROVINCIAL HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Feb 1, 2014

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    The large Provincial House was built between 1806 - 1826 by a Hungarian architect from Eger. The Classicist style was changed a little to Renaissance to blend in with the rest of Levoca's Renaissance buildings.
    The House is considered the most beautiful Provincial House in the former Kingdom of Hungary. [Slovakia] and is the seat of the town's administration.

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    MASTER PAUL'S HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Feb 1, 2014

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    Master Paul's House

    Master Paul's House is at no 20 in Master Paul's Square.

    So, who was this man who had the town square named after him?
    He was one of the best medieval sculptors and carvers of the time. It was he, who carved the main Altar of St. Jacob's church as well as many other important pieces of artistic works.
    The house is where he lived and now has been restored to how it looked in the 15th - 16th centuries.
    It is now a Museum dedicated to the life and work of Master Paul.

    OPEN - Monday - Sunday 9 - 5pm
    Adults € 3.50
    Children, students, retired € 2.50
    Disabled Free

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    THURZO HOUSE

    by balhannah Updated Jan 31, 2014

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    Thurzo House @ No. 7 on the square, is one out of approx. 60 historic Burgher houses from the 14th & 15th centuries that are still standing and are located around Master Paul's Square.
    This is one of the more famous ones as it still has a Renaissance attic and a beautiful façade. The facade of Thurzo house is richly decorated with sgrafitto from the years 1903- 1904. Until 1532, the house belonged to a famous Levoca family, "the Thurzo family."
    Now days, it is used by the State Regional Archives.

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    PROTESTANT CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jan 31, 2014

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    Protestant church

    A Greek-cross-shaped building with a huge dome turned out to be the Protestant church, not the religion I was expecting! It was built in Classicist style between 1825 -1837.
    All I can tell you that if you can go inside, there is a large altar picture of Christ walking on the sea by a famous Levoca artist.

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    TOWN GATES

    by balhannah Written Jan 31, 2014

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    The town fortifications originally had three town gates, Menhard, Kosice and Polish Gates Now, only two remain and they are Menhard and Kosice Gates.
    Kosice gate, is the main gate that leads into the historic centre of Levoca and was the one we passed through in our car. It sounds like Kosice gate may once had a drawbridge extending over a moat, or may just have been a gate in the fortification walls, I am not sure which, only that it is still standing today.

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    TOWN FORTIFICATIONS

    by balhannah Written Jan 31, 2014

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    Levoca town walls
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    City-walls once surrounded Levoca and still fairly well is today. Originally the walls were 2.5kms long and had fifteen bastions and towers, now only six bastions stand. Construction of this fortification began in the 13th century, since then, further rebuilding has actually changed it from how it was. In the 18th century, the ramparts were made of two belts of walls. The inside one was dependent on the terrain and was up to 8 metres high, followed by the other wall 6 metres high. In my photos you can easily see this. Two gates out of the three gates have been preserved.
    You can walk and see the walls, I didn't as I saw plenty of them as we drove through Levoca and into the historic centre through one of the gates.

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    CAGE OF DISGRACE

    by balhannah Updated Jan 31, 2014

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    Old Town Hall & Cage of Disgrace
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    This wrought iron cage can be found on the south wall of the Old Town Hall.

    The Cage dates back to the 16th century when it was used for punishing women and minor delinquents who had committed minor crimes. They were locked in the cage and left on display for all the townsfolk to see!
    Did they have rotten fruit and allsorts hurled at them? I have no idea!
    Would it be a good idea for the 21st century? mmm, I think that may bring up an interesting discussion!

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    THE OLD TOWN HALL

    by balhannah Written Jan 31, 2014

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    Levoca Town Hall
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    As with many buildings in Slovakia, the Old Town Hall was originally built in Gothic style, but when rebuilt after fire destroyed the original in the 15th century, it was made into a rather strong looking Renaissance building. This Town Hall is from 1615, so is still very old!
    I think the building is quite impressive looking, especially with the two tier arcades and the Renaissance tower that dates to 1661. There were some originals paintings on the walls representing civil virtues of "moderation, carefulness, bravery, patience and justice," and the towns coat of arms which is red shield and a double cross supported by two Lions. The Coat of arms is located above the central ground floor archway.

    The Spis Museum is on the first floor of the Town Hall.

    OPEN 9 -5pm daily

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    Gates and walls

    by prleprle Updated Jul 29, 2008

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    Kosice gate, Levoca, Slovakia
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    The original town walls from the 14th and 15th century still remained preserved around the town center and they are about 2 km long. Several towers, bastions, and two town gates have been reconstructed. Main gate is Kosice Gate (one from my photo).

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    Church of the Holy Spirit

    by prleprle Updated Jul 29, 2008

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    Church of the Holy Spirit & Monastery, Levoca, SK
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    In vicinity of Kosice Gate (on the left side) is ornate baroque Church of the Holy Spirit and the New Minorite Monastery built in 1750. Interior of the church is richly decorated and typicly baroque. facade is baroque also but more elegant.

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    The Large Provincial House

    by prleprle Updated Jul 29, 2008

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    The Large Provincial House, Levoca, Slovakia

    From the 16th century to the end of 1922, Levoca was the seat of the Spis Province. Between 1806 - 1826, was built a new classicistic administration building, the Large Provincial House, as the seat of the town's administration. Today, it is reconstructed and it is a seat of the administration.

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    Master Pavol of Levoca Museum

    by prleprle Updated Jul 29, 2008

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    Master Pavol of Levoca Museum, Levoca, Slovakia

    Levoca's most famous patron is of course the gothic sculptor, Master Pavol. In the actual house where Master Pavol worked, there is today a museum in his honor (this is a white and gray/blue house on my photo). The foundations of the building were laid in the 14th century. According to archive sources the first important owner of the house was Master Pavol of Levoca around 1510. In 1588 was built a renaissance part on to the courtyard wing and a walled rear wing. The last extensive adjustment to the house was made in the 1750’s.

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    Spis Museum

    by prleprle Updated Jul 29, 2008
    Spis Museum, Levoca, Slovakia

    The Spis Museum is located at the Namestie Majstra Pavla (main square) in an original burgess house from the 14th century that was rebuilt into a sumptuous palace with a renaissance stone portal. In the 17th century, the house was owned by Levoca chronicler, and later on, a protestant lyceum was established in the building.
    The exhibition presents a profile of the Spis region art from the gothic through the renaissance and the baroque to the 19th and 20th century art.

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