Spis Castle

Spis Castle

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Located in northeast Slovakia, 19 km from Levoča , Spis Castle is one of the largest castle ruins in Central- and Eastern Europe.

Spis Castle and its associated cultural heritage monuments – Spisské Podhradie, Spisská Kapitula , and the church of Holy Spirit in Žehra – are included in UNESCO World Heritage List.

It is rare for such a group, consisting of an important feudal administrative centre with a little town in the valley below it and opposite it a fortified seat of church administration to have survived in such an integrated form.

 

The silhouette of the Spis Castle on its travertine rock is visible from a great distance.

Covering an area of over 4 hectares, there are five courtyards with ruins of buildings from the 12th to 18th centuries.

Some of the oldest and the most interesting parts of the upper castle are the cylindrical central keep, 19 m high and 23 m wide, and the Romanesque grand palace, with 15th and 16th century gothic alterations. Parts of the castle complex now house exhibitions of the Spis Museum.

More photos: Spis Castle Photo Gallery

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