THIS POSTCARD, which dates from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, depicts the village of Malé Leváre, in the Záhorie region.It was published by Alfred Wiesner from Malacky, who disseminated postcards across the region.
Záhorie bordered the Hungarian kingdom in medieval times. Malé Leváre probably developed from the small fortresses that housed shooters protecting the border near the Morava River.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, Anabaptists – a religious group known locally as Habans, and later, in the United States, as the Amish or Mennonites – settled in Malé Leváre and neighbouring Veľké Leváre to escape persecution in their native Switzerland.
As excellent handicraftsmen, they set up pottery centres in both villages.
Malé Leváre is worth visiting for its preserved rural architecture that is typical for the Záhorie region.
11. Aug 2008 at 0:00 | Branislav Chovan