Spisske Podhradie Off The Beaten Path

  • St. Martin's Cathedral, Spisska Kapitula, SK
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    Spisska Kapitula

    by prleprle Updated Jul 30, 2008
    Spisska Kapitula-street, Slovakia
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    Spisska Kapitula has main street, and that's also the only street there. In the past all that houses were property Roman Catholic church and there were appartments for monks and nuns. Canonical houses were built on both sides of one thoroughfare. They stand upright to the axis of the road, mostly in an L shape. The first houses were built in gothic style. Later they were rebuilt in renaissance style and, at last, in the 18th century in baroque style. Some of that houses still belong to the church while others serve as a private houses, hotels or restaurants. In one of that back yards we had excellent lunch, home made Slovak meal for very reasonable price. Owner and other stuff were very friendly also!

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    Spisska Kapitula-The Clock tower

    by prleprle Updated Jul 30, 2008
    The Clock tower, Spisska kapitula, Slovakia

    The Clock tower stands next to the gothic-baroque Bishopric Palace. It was built in 1739 and In the past it served as an entrance gate into the park. Now it has different function, that is a place where you could buy entrance ticket for the Cathedral.

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    Spisska Kapitula-Walls and Gates

    by prleprle Updated Jul 30, 2008
    Spisska kapitula-gate, Slovakia

    Spisska Kapitula is more or less part of Spisske Podhradie but it has its own towns walls and gates, making it separate community. That fortifications were probably already built in the 13th century. Wall is one meter wide and 4-5 meters high and have few gates.

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    Spisska Kapitula-St. Martin's Cathedral

    by prleprle Updated Jul 30, 2008
    St. Martin's Cathedral, Spisska Kapitula, SK
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    St. Martin's Cathedral is a late romanesque building with some gothic modifications in later periods. The construction started in 1245 and ended in 1275. From 1488-1499 a gothic chapel of Zapolsky was built to the cathedral. From 1777-1779 there were some reconstructions in ruling baroque style. There are 5 (if i remember it) late gothic altars of originally 14, some of them with neo-gothic additions. The most precious and best perservedof all is Altar of Coronation of Virgin Mary. It is from the late gothic period (1493-1499). It is situated in the Chapel of Zapolsky where tombstones of Imrich Zapolsky (1487) and Stefan/Istvan Zapolsky (1499) lay. Very famous is also a romanesque plastic art of laying lion Leo Albus (White Lion), the oldest discovered in Slovakia. The cathedral has particularly valuable interior, (beside the gothic altars), there are statues, tomb stones, chalices, bells, fresco paintings from 1317 with interesting portray the coronation ceremony of the King Charles/Karl/Karlo Robert.
    Taking photos inside church is not allowed.

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    Zehra-frescos

    by prleprle Updated Jul 30, 2008
    Church of the Holy Spirit-interior, Zehra, SK
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    The most precious parts of this church are the murals. The entire presbytery, victory arch and the north wall are covered with them. The oldest ones were painted at the end of the 13th or at the beginning of the 14th Century. The paintings are of high artistic value, italian gothic mixed with byzantine elements. The painting of the north wall of the church comes from the second half of the 15th century. The interior of the church is very abundant as well. The stone font comes from the 13th Century. The altars and pulpit are from the 17th Century, but some of their parts are much older (15th and 16th century).

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    Zehra-Church of the Holy Spirit

    by prleprle Updated Jul 30, 2008
    Church of the Holy Spirit, Zehra, Slovakia
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    Zehra is an small village in vicinity of Spissky hrad. In fact, village could be easly seen from the tower of the Spissky hrad. While Spissky hrad is visited by many, Spisska Kapitula by some, nobody comes to Zehra, although all 3 places are under UNESCO patronage. The main attraction of this tiny village is local church. The construction of the Church of the Holy Spirit started in 1245. In 1274 the building was finished. It is a typical early-gothic construction. Originally it had flat ceilings. Presbytery got its vault probably in the middle of the 13th century and nave in 1380. The vault was fixed to the middle post. Built thus, a church with two naves rose. The tower has interesting small gothic windows and the onion-shaped cupola that was built in 1769. That's all interesting, charming but nothing exceptional... so, why then is this church listed on UNESCO list? Check my next tip....

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