These articles were published in the Spectacular Slovakia travel guide, published annually by The Slovak Spectator since 1996. The latest editions can be obtained from our online shop.



Architectural Gems of a Nation

Text by Tom Philpott

As a nation, Slovakia is just 10 years old. But for 1,000 years, the territory of present-day Slovakia served as the northern territory of the Hungarian Kingdom. And for the latter half of that period, the Hungarian Kingdom itself operated under the yoke of the Austrian Habsburg dynasty. Whatever this two-tiered royal domination meant for social relations on Slovak-speaking territory, it undeniably made for a fantastic legacy of architecture.

But not all of Slovakia's architectural treasures stem from its historical status as a royal province.

In the villages, a rich peasant tradition prevailed, and several villages across the country retain evocative elements of centuries-old folk architecture. What follows is a brief survey, with some of the finest examples of both traditions listed.


These articles and related information were published in Spectacular Slovakia 2003.

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