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This historical town is a true cultural and historic jewel among the Slovak towns as it possesses a great number of architectural monuments linked with the glorious past of the town. In 2009 the town was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The driving force of Levoca's development was trade, which gradually acquired an international dimension. The citizens of Levoca traded with Krakow, the Hanseatic towns and even with Venice.
Levoca - former Town Hall and St. James Church / © Ladislav Struhár │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardLevoca - fortification / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardLevoca - St. James church - interior / © Ladislav Struhár │Source: Slovak Tourist Board
Levoca / © Róbert Buga │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardLevoca - Cage of Opprobrium / © Róbert Buga │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardLevoca / © Ladislav Struhár │Source: Slovak Tourist Board
The craftsmen of Levoca produced goods not only for local consumption but also for the markets and fairs throughout Old Hungary and Poland. Later Levoca became one of the main centres of the Renaissance and Humanism in Old Hungary. The Town Monument Reserve of Levoca represents a complete set of important cultural and historical monuments bordered by the relatively well-preserved town walls. 

The dominant part of the old Levoca is the large rectangular square, with the Roman Catholic St. James Church from the 14th century, which is one of the most important sacral buildings in Slovakia. The tall slender church tower from the first half of the 19th century is the most distinct feature in the city's silhouette. Especially precious is the interior of the church, which is in fact a unique museum of medieval sacral art. The Late Gothic wooden main altar of St. James, which is 18.6m tall, is the highest of its kind in the world. It was made of lime wood from 1507 to 1517 in the workshop of Maestro Pavol of Levoca. Maestro Pavol is said to have depicted himself as one of the statues of the twelve apostles in the exquisite composition of the Last Supper scene in the altar`s predella.
The church neighbours the arcaded building of the former Town Hall which was built after a fire in 1550 and is one of the finest buildings of secular Renaissance architecture in Slovakia. The so-called Cage of Opprobrium located in the square is from the 16th century and was used in the past as a pillory for public humiliation. The central square is skirted by more than 50 remarkable burgher and patrician houses, many of which carry the name of their former owners. Of special interest is Thurzo's house, which acquired its Neo-Renaissance sgraffito facade in 1904. 



Levoca : Location

Slovakia GPS latitude/longitude: 49.02339 , 20.58879


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