"Lecova" Slovakia Things to Do Tip by lmkluque

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  The Cage of Shame in front ot the town hall.
by lmkluque

Between Poprad and Spi? Castle, in the middle of the Spi? region, on the southern slopes of the Levoca Hills is the preserved and ancient town of Lecova. Since the twelfth century this town had been an economic and market center, a place where gold and wood carving flourished. Because of Tartar raids, the city was fortified by medieval walls round the city. Some of the wall, several bastions and three town gates are still preserved.

Through the centuries following, the city became embroiled in regional struggles with its rival town to the north, Ke?marok. Later still the anti-Hapsburg uprising led to its economic isolation and the beginning of it's decline. Here I see a similarity with the city of Brugg in Belgium. No, not the lovely canals. Rather the fact that both cities lost importance as a trade center, they both became isolated and for that reason, remained intact, without modern additions. Lecova is a living example of a town lost in time.

The Cage of Shame in front of the town hall gives witness to the barbaric justice of medieval times. Whether it was used to place all accused criminals or was reserved only for women accused of adultery, the purpose was clear, anyone locked in the Cage, were to be exposed to public wrath. The town's people were expected and encouraged to jeer, stone, and spit upon the occupants of the Cage of Shame.

A few focal points in Lecova are a 15th century church, St. James Church which contains a huge Gothic wooden altar, said to be the world's largest, Next to a lovely old school is the new Minorite Church built in 1750, an Empire style Evangelical church built in 1837and the Spis Museum is in Lecova. Outside of town, high on a hill you'll see the large neo-Gothic Church of Marianska hora, where the largest Catholic pilgrimage in Slovakia is held in early July. A little to the east of Leova is one of the most remarkable sights in Europe, if not the world, Spissky hrad (Spis Castle) which should not be missed.

Website: http://www.slovenskyraj.sk/vylety/levoca/en.html

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  • Updated Nov 27, 2005
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