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Starý Smokovec

The Morské Oko (Sea Eye) hotel opened in Starý Smokovec in 1872. A beautiful building with classical "mountain" architecture, it got its name from a legend that the Tatra's lakes were actually made of sea water that had seeped in through underground channels.

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The Morské Oko (Sea Eye) hotel opened in Starý Smokovec in 1872. A beautiful building with classical "mountain" architecture, it got its name from a legend that the Tatra's lakes were actually made of sea water that had seeped in through underground channels. All that exists of the hotel these days is the small lake, or "sea eye", that used to lie next to it.

The long rod the woman on the sledge is pulling behind her is worth mentioning. This was a common way of steering and breaking thought to have been invented by a doorman in the Grand Hotel in the Tatras. Only later was it discovered that this had long been a method of sledging in countries like Norway.

This postcard dates back to 1914 and comes from the studio of the son of legendary Tatras' photographer Karol Divald.


By Branislav Chovan

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