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Basilica minor st. Jacob (UNESCO)

Tower of Basilica minor st. Jacob (UNESCO)

Church of the Visitation of the Panna Mária (Basilica minor) on Mariánska hora hill in Levoča

SNM – Museum of Spiš in Levoča (House of Master Pavol, Exhibition Hall, Town Hall)

Museum of Special Education in Levoča – Temporarily out of service!

Gallery of  the Town Levoča

 

Information office

 

Opening hours

Month

Day

Hour

1. 5. – 30. 9.

Monday – Sunday

9.00 – 12.00; 12.30 – 17.00 hrs

1. 10. – 30. 4.

Monday – Friday

8.30 – 12.00; 12.30 – 16.30 hrs

Saturday – Sunday

closed

CONTACT

Námestie Majstra Pavla 58

054 04 Levoča

phone: +421 53 451 37 63

e-mail: ikle@levoca.sk

web: http://ik.levoca.eu

 

It is a city with a distinctive signature of the greatest medieval artist of Slovakia – Master Pavol.


 

Nearby the Spiš Castle, the city of Levoča lies, attracting the attention of almost any visitor by its atmosphere and uniqueness. The beautiful historical centre is encircled by the medieval city walls that have been preserved almost in their entirety; from among the original 15 bastions and towers, six have been preserved. The city walls are more than 2 kilometres long.

Royally grandiose Levoča.

The Mariánska hora hill, watchfully overlooking the city, is the venue for the annual pilgrimage, which in the year 1995 was also attended by the Holy Pope John Paul II.

Levoča was known especially as a free royal town with many privileges. The history also remembers this city as a centre of international trade, the capital of the Zipser Saxons Community, the Spiš County seat and the cultural and social centre of a wider neighbourhood. It is its abundant history which lies in the origin of the impressive authenticity of the present-day Levoča. We find in Levoča Europe's largest medieval square of rectangular shape with its sides in the ratio of 3:1. The square is surrounded by well preserved flashy townhouses, but its most prominent ornaments are the Town Hall, the Belfry, the Cage of Shame, and the biggest temple of the Spiš region – St. James Church.

In the second largest church in Slovakia – St. James Church in Levoča - 14 Gothic and Renaissance altars are located which is the world’s unique record.

 The tower of Church of Saint Jacob is open to public since 2016. 

The church was built in the 14th century and is the second largest church in Slovakia, the biggest one being the St. Elizabeth Dome in Košice. We find in it a European rarity – as many as 14 Gothic and Renaissance altars. In European terms, only Levoča and Bardejov can boast of having the largest collection of Gothic altars of their own provenance and standing largely in their original locations. Not even the world's biggest galleries own such a high number of Gothic altars. The church was declared Basilica Minor in the year 2015. The most prominent feature of the sanctuary of the St. James Church is the world’s largest late Gothic wooden altar with its height of 18.62 metres - the St. James Altar. This is the exceptional work of the renowned carver, Master Pavol, who operated in Levoča after the year 1500 and was having his carving workshop here. The works of this artist and woodcarver are of high quality and of wide range, being scattered across the country; in addition to Spiš, they may be found in the regions of Šariš, Gemer, and Liptov.

Levoča, the Spiš Castle, Spišské Podhradie, the Spiš Chapter, and the Church of the Holy Spirit in Žehra form a remarkable complex of military, political, and religious centres, as was common in medieval Europe, but hardly anywhere else has been preserved in such a complete and unaltered state.

 

 

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