Restoration of Upper Church will be the final big phase of restoration of the unique baroque Calvary.
The baroque Calvary, one of the dominant features of the central-Slovak city of in Banská Štiavnica, was put on the list of the 100 most endangered monuments in the world in 2007. After almost 10 years of hard work and extensive investments, it is gradually regaining its former beauty. Restoration of the most visible Upper Church will be the last big phase of a thorough restoration of this site listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
“We have been preparing for the restoration of the Upper Church for several years,” said Martin Macharik, chairman of the Kalvársky Fond (Calvary fund) whose main task is to take care of the Calvary, as cited in a press release.
Bratislava, 22 May 2017 – On International Biodiversity Day and days after UNESCO expressed concern regarding the future of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians in Slovakia, WWF urges the Slovak government to take action to secure the country’s world heritage.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s draft decision, published last Friday, highlighted that the Slovak part of the transboundary World Heritage Site continues to be threatened by logging, despite the efforts of the government targeting to strengthen the management of the park. According to the draft: “unless urgent measures are taken to address the lack of an adequate protection regime (….), their protection from logging and other potential threats cannot be guaranteed in the long-term, which would clearly constitute a potential danger to the outstanding universal value of this serial transnational property as a whole”.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Slovakia! There is a total of 7 listings in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in Slovakia out of which 5 are of cultural and 2 of natural character. Well, 7 is not an exact number, because there are more places covered by one UNESCO inscription.
We are not going to list them all here because only UNESCO caves count here in hundreds. Let’s mention at least the main UNESCO Sites in Slovakia to show you which part of Europe is your next holiday destination.
Cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Slovakia
1. Bardejov Town Conservation Reserve (2000)
Let’s start with Bardejov, considered by many as the most beautiful town in Slovakia. Well, it is nice indeed! You will find it in the north-eastern part of the country, in Prešov region, not far from the borders with Poland.
I always search for the road less touristed. Yet it was not without trepidation that I drove with my spouse across the Hungarian plain from Budapest into Kosice, Slovakia’s second-largest city. As the industrial outskirts gave way to a skyline dominated by Communist-era block apartment buildings, I grew convinced that I had made a terrible vacation choice.
The windowless entrance to our pension on a grimy block was equally discouraging. The room was unremarkable, with modular furniture that transformed twin beds into a double, but left metal bars protruding from the walls. When I reported to the concierge that our refrigerator was not working, she answered, “Most of them don’t.”
I couldn’t say I hadn’t been warned. A Europe-savvy friend advised me to skip Slovakia and head to Krakow.
These impressive fortresses were some of the most important buildings in medieval Europe, each with their own distinctive style and particular stories to tell…
1: Malbork Castle, Poland
Built in 1274 by a German Roman Catholic order of crusaders known as the Teutonic Knights, Malbork Castle in Poland is the largest castle in the world measured by land area. Built with distinctive red bricks in a Gothic style, the complex is actually made up of three castles and was extended numerous times over the course of its history.
The castle has served as the residence for several Polish royals and was, at one point, occupied by Swedish forces. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and can be easily reached from Gdansk, a city the Knights who built the castle once controlled.
The nine national parks of Slovakia house an exceptional array of wildlife including bears, lynx, wildcats, wolf, marmots, and more.
Slovakia is a small country in Central Europe, yet it has some of the most beautiful parks in the whole continent. The nine parks cover a total of 3% of the country’s landmass and have animals such as Eurasian Lynx, brown bear, the golden eagle among others. The government has taken steps to conserve these parks from destruction by human activities. There exist several protected regions within the parks including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and others. The management of the parks is left to specific government departments.
9. Pieniny National Park –
Pieniny National Park is the country’s smallest national park located in the Northern part near the border with Slovakia.
This is my last day in Slovakia for this trip. After ten wonderful days in this small, beautiful Central European country, Slovakia is like someone I met and found enchanting and enriching to be around. And now I wonder if my travels and desires will ever allow us to meet again? Slovakia is a country I have adored. I am leaving today and wishing I had more time to hang around and absorb more of the beauty, more of the culture, more stories from the people and create more memories in a place I think will soon be recognized as a wonderful place for American tourism.