Spišská Nová Ves and surroundings

    The surroundings of the town Spišská Nová Ves is characteristic with varied flora and employment of people. The area of the National Park Slovak Paradise and the Spiš-Gemer mountain range cover most of it. Majority of the local population were farmers, but quite a lot of them were miners. The mining industry was one of the most important industries in the region. A modern industrial complex for processing iron ore and copper was built close to Spišská Nová Ves in Krompachy.
    Spišská Nová Ves is known by its very long lens-shaped centre. A neo-gothic church tower is the most dominant object in the centre. It is the highest in Slovakia (86,6 m). Besides the church (with unusually high gothic altar) you would find here other interesting cultural monuments, such as: a classicistic Evangelic church, a baroque building of Art Gallery (Galéria umelcov Spiša), a former seat of the Province of XVI Spiš towns, sc. provincial house with nice outdoor relief and an interesting building of theatre called "Reduta" from the beginning of the 20-th century.
    A small town Spišské Vlachy (with an interesting combination of a town-hall and a church from the Middle-ages), industrial town Krompachy (expanded mainly by the end of the last century) and former small towns Spišský Štvrtok and Hrabušice are all situated in the surroundings of the Spišská Nová Ves. Only few people know that the "Zápoľského kaplnka" (Zápoľský Chapel) in Spišský Štvrtok is one of the most beautiful gothic monuments in Slovakia. Old ancient appearance with some roman-style features is still visible in a sacristy of the church in Hrabušice. One of the summer seats of the Máriáši family was the village Markušovce. Today you would find there a renaissance manor house with an exposition of ancient furniture, a unique baroque summer-house Dardanely with an exposition of musical instruments and ruins of a castle.
    The villages Hnilec, Hnilčík and Mlynky are situated deep in the mountains that are rich on natural resources. Smižany is the largest village in Slovakia. Letanovce, Spišské Tomášovce and Betlanovce are all situated at the border of the Slovak Paradise National Park. In Spišskom Štiavniku there was a seat of Cistercian abbey in the 13-th century. A small church in Chrasť nad Hornádom is considered to be one of the oldest in Slovakia. Only a church tower remained from the village Miloj. The National Park Slovak Paradise is very attractive with its unique fauna, flora, gorges and waterfalls.


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