Home

Monterrasol Travel private tours Instagram   Monterrasol Travel private tours Twitter   Monterrasol Travel private tours Facebook   Monterrasol Travel private tours Pinterest  

Travel with us and discover the world

Places we know

Tours we created



Spiš (Spis), Slovakia


Spiš (Spis) highlights

The ruins of Spiš Castle in eastern Slovakia form one of the largest castle sites in Central Europe. The castle is situated above the town of Spišské Podhradie and the village of Žehra, in the region known as Spiš. It was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1993 (together with the adjacent locations of Spišská Kapitula, Spišské Podhradie and Žehra). This is one of the biggest European castles by area (41 426 m2).

Spiš (Spis), Slovakia - Monterrasol private tours to Spiš (Spis), Slovakia. Travel agency offers custom private car tours to see Spiš (Spis) in Slovakia. Order custom private tour to Spiš (Spis) with departure date on request.
Spiš (Spis), Slovakia
Monterrasol private car tours to
Spiš (Spis), Slovakia - Monterrasol private tours to Spiš (Spis), Slovakia. Travel agency offers custom private car tours to see Spiš (Spis) in Slovakia. Order custom private tour to Spiš (Spis) with departure date on request.
Spiš (Spis), Slovakia
Monterrasol private car tours to
Spiš (Spis), Slovakia - Monterrasol private tours to Spiš (Spis), Slovakia. Travel agency offers custom private car tours to see Spiš (Spis) in Slovakia. Order custom private tour to Spiš (Spis) with departure date on request.
Spiš (Spis), Slovakia
Monterrasol private car tours to
Spiš (Spis), Slovakia - Monterrasol private tours to Spiš (Spis), Slovakia. Travel agency offers custom private car tours to see Spiš (Spis) in Slovakia. Order custom private tour to Spiš (Spis) with departure date on request.
Spiš (Spis), Slovakia
Monterrasol private car tours to
Spiš (Spis), Slovakia - Monterrasol private tours to Spiš (Spis), Slovakia. Travel agency offers custom private car tours to see Spiš (Spis) in Slovakia. Order custom private tour to Spiš (Spis) with departure date on request.
Spiš (Spis), Slovakia
Monterrasol private car tours to
Spiš (Spis), Slovakia - Monterrasol private tours to Spiš (Spis), Slovakia. Travel agency offers custom private car tours to see Spiš (Spis) in Slovakia. Order custom private tour to Spiš (Spis) with departure date on request.
Spiš (Spis), Slovakia
Monterrasol private car tours to
Spiš (Spis), Slovakia - Monterrasol private tours to Spiš (Spis), Slovakia. Travel agency offers custom private car tours to see Spiš (Spis) in Slovakia. Order custom private tour to Spiš (Spis) with departure date on request.
Spiš (Spis), Slovakia
Monterrasol private car tours to
Spiš (Spis), Slovakia - Monterrasol private tours to Spiš (Spis), Slovakia. Travel agency offers custom private car tours to see Spiš (Spis) in Slovakia. Order custom private tour to Spiš (Spis) with departure date on request.
Spiš (Spis), Slovakia
Monterrasol private car tours to


Other places we know in Slovakia

Banská Štiavnica (Banska Stiavnica) - Known for medieval old town. UNESCO World Heritage.





Last updated on: 22 May 2020

Spiš (Spis) description

Spiš Castle was built in the 12th century on the site of an earlier castle. It was the political, administrative, economic and cultural center of Szepes County of the Kingdom of Hungary. Before 1464, it was owned by the kings of Hungary, afterward belonged to few different rich families, and since 1945 belonged to the state of Czechoslovakia then Slovakia.

Originally a Romanesque stone castle with fortifications, a two-story Romanesque palace and a three-nave Romanesque-Gothic basilica were constructed by the second half of the 13th century. A second extramural settlement was built in the 14th century, by which the castle area was doubled. The castle was completely rebuilt in the 15th century; the castle walls were heightened and a third extramural settlement was constructed.

A late Gothic chapel was added around 1470. The Zápolya clan performed late Gothic transformations, which made the upper castle into a comfortable family residence, typical of late Renaissance residences of the 16th and 17th centuries. The last owners of the Spiš Castle, the Csáky family, abandoned the castle in the early 18th century because they considered it too uncomfortable to live in. They moved to the newly built nearby village castles/palaces in Hodkovce near Žehra and Spišský Hrhov.

In 1780, the castle was destroyed in a fire. The cause of the blaze is unknown, but there are a few theories. One is that the Csáky family purposely burned it down to reduce taxes as at the time additional taxes applied to roofed buildings. Another is that it was struck by lightning, which started the fire. A third is that some soldiers in the castle were making moonshine and in the process accidentally started the fire. Whatever the case, after the fire, the castle was no longer occupied and began to fall into disrepair.

The castle was partly reconstructed in the second half of the 20th century, and extensive archaeological research was carried out on the site. The reconstructed sections house displays of the Spiš Museum, and artifacts such as torture devices formerly used in the castle.

Spiš (Spis) related tours

Sorry, we have no any pre-designed tour passing trough this place yet. If you would like to visit this place, please contact us.

Why travel with us

Are our tours right for you?

Why travel with Monterrasol?




Maybe you want?

Create your own custom tour

Order a transfer




Recently added tours

July 6, 2020 All seasons 12 days Bosnia discovery non-touristy tour from Sarajevo. Off the beaten path travel to Medieval land of Bosnia.

June 6, 2020 Greece off the beaten path 14 days tour from Athens. Ancient theaters, beaches, castles and monasteries. Discover less touristy areas of central Greece and understand Greek's national character.

June 5, 2020 All seasons Baltic tour 21 days from Warsaw. UNESCO medieval towns and Teutonic Knights castles. Discovery tour over Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and north of Poland.

April 27, 2020 Czech castles 16 days tour from Vienna. Visit 19 famous castles and 3 UNESCO sites in Czech Republic.

April 27, 2020 Czech castles and fortresses 22 days tour from Vienna. Visit famous castles, medieval towns and UNESCO sites in Czech Republic.




Recently added places

July 6, 2020 Vranduk, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Vranduk fortress was built in late 14th century, and it is located approximately 14 kilometers from the town of Zenica. It was built on a rock above the river Bosnia, and represents one of many medieval towns with rich history. In the Middle Ages Vranduk was one of the several royal cities, and was a capital to many Bosnian kings at the time. For six centuries Vranduk fortress was known as the gate of Bosnia.

June 24, 2020 Radimlja, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Radimlja is a main UNESCO World Heritage Site where is possible to see so called Stecci, a monumental medieval tombstones. Radimlja necropolis located near town Stolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is one of the most valuable monuments of the medieval period in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

June 22, 2020 Apollonia, Albania. Apollonia was an ancient Greek city located in the Fier County, in modern-day Albania. The Museum of Apollonia (also called Fier Archaeological Museum) contains artifacts unearthed from the ancient Apollonia. Apollonia flourished in the Roman period and was home to a renowned school of philosophy, but began to decline in the 3rd century AD when its harbor started silting up as a result of an earthquake. It was abandoned by the end of Late Antiquity. Apollonia is UNESCO tentative list site.

June 5, 2020 Reszel, Poland. Reszel is a small medieval town situated in the historical Warmia region, in northeastern Poland. The town Reszel is known for the gothic castle dating back to the 14th century, the main square and the historical center surrounded by brick defense walls.

May 21, 2020 Banská Štiavnica (Banska Stiavnica), Slovakia. Banská Štiavnica is a town in central Slovakia, in the middle of an immense caldera created by the collapse of an ancient volcano. For its size, the caldera is known as the Štiavnica Mountains. Banská Štiavnica is a completely preserved medieval town. Because of their historical value, the town and its surroundings were proclaimed by the UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site on December 11, 1993.






About us

Places we know

Tours we created

Contact us

Our pre-designed private tours

Create your own custom tour

Order a transfer

Think on future. Think on another place.

Slow Tourism philosophy

Tours conditions

Privacy policy

Terms and Conditions

 

Follow us! Monterrasol Travel private tours Instagram   Monterrasol Travel private tours Twitter   Monterrasol Travel private tours Facebook   Monterrasol Travel private tours Pinterest

 

Site version: 1.85 Afterthought (05-05-2020 code update) [Private tours] on

© copyright Monterrasol team