Levoca

Levoča is one of the most visited cities in Slovakia because of its history, religion and architectural monuments. It has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2009. The most important part of the town is the square in the city centre, where the Roman Catholic St. James church is located. Around the town, the medieval walls can still be seen.

This church is really important to Slovakia. It has a unique slender tower. The Late Gothic wooden main altar of St.James is the highest in the world, measuring 18.6 metres. Next to the church tourists can see the Town Hall, one of the finest buildings of secular Renaissance architecture in Slovakia.

In the square there is also a rather curious monument, the cage of opprobrium from the 16th century. It was used in the past as a pillory for public humiliation. Around the square, the remarkable burgher and patrician houses can be seen; as well as the most famous Thurzo’s house with its Neo-Renaissance sgraffito facade.

Levoča is a place of historical attractions, and also of religion and faith. Every year at the beginning of July, thousands of pilgrims ascend to Mariánska hora mountain transforming Levoca into the largest pilgrimage location in Slovakia. They come to pray for the Virgin Mary in the Neo-Gothic church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, now the main symbol of the pilgrimage in Levoča.