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  Kezmarok city ramparts and Protestant church
by hundwalder

Shown are part of the remaining sections of Kezmarok's medieval defense ramparts. These define the south boundary of the original part of the city.

Immediately outside of the walls is shown the newer of Kezmarok's two adjoining Protestant churches. This church with its great central dome and stoic looking rectangular bell tower, was completed about 150 years ago. Ancient law in this part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire heavily discriminated against Protestant christians. They were required to build there churches outside of the city walls, where they would not be protected in the event of an enemy attack. The law also dictated that Protestant churches have plain exteriors, lacking excessive decor. The law had been somewhat relaxed by the time this church was built. The interiors were required to be made of the most simple building materials available ( that being wood for this heavily forested region ). More on that in my tip for the old " wooden " Protestant church.

Notice the local child standing on the ramparts. One thing I definately noticed while traveling through eastern Slovakia is a serious shortage of recreational facilities for the youth. This is an unhealthy situation that I hope to see resolved.

Address: South end of old town Kezmarok
Directions: Many buses daily from Poprad. See my previous tip for directions.

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 7, 2005
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