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But prosperity was followed by sadness. In 1556, the Ottomans attacked Jelšava. The statistics tell of the extent of the tragedy: 452 inhabitants were killed and 400 were taken prisoner.
For the Muránska Planina plateau, on which Jelšava sits, the year 1893 is memorable. In that year, a railway connecting the towns of Plešivec, Jelšava, Revúca and Muráň was put into operation, causing an immense revival for this backward region. Jelšava supported the project with 30,000 florins and the influential aristocrat Coburg contributed 90,000.
This postcard shows the Roman Catholic church of Saints Peter and Paul, one of the few churches in Gemer region with two belfries.
By Branislav Chovan
11. Jun 2007 at 0:00