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
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.
Mlynky are situated deep in the mountains that are rich on natural resources.
Smižany is the largest village in Slovakia.
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.