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Veľké Leváre

This postcard from 1935 shows the village of Veľké Leváre in the region of Záhorie. It was shot from a high angle, which was highly unusual at the time.

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This postcard from 1935 shows the village of Veľké Leváre in the region of Záhorie. It was shot from a high angle, which was highly unusual at the time. This was possible in Veľké Leváre because the photographer took the picture from the tower of a church, one of the tallest in all of Záhorie. The high angle allows us to admire the village's extensive courtyards, which under normal circumstances were hidden from curious eyes.

In the 16th century, Anabaptists from Switzerland, known locally as Habans, settled in Veľké Leváre. The Habans held all property in common and lived in enclosed courts, which sometimes held several hundred inhabitants. Anabaptists were versatile handicrafts people, but it was their pottery that made them famous. A court of Anabaptists has been preserved in Veľké Leváre, and that exhibit alone makes it worth a visit.

In America the Anabaptists came to be known as Amish or Mennonites.


Prepared by Branislav Chovan

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