Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

HISTORY TALKS...

The Golden Age of Gelnica

THE HISTORICAL Spiš region is full of beautiful monuments that recall its past. Gelnica, an ancient mining town, is undoubtedly among the most interesting.

THE HISTORICAL Spiš region is full of beautiful monuments that recall its past. Gelnica, an ancient mining town, is undoubtedly among the most interesting.

Despite originally being a Slovak settlement, it did not start to flourish until the arrival of German colonists from Bavaria.

Gelnica reached its heyday in the 15th and 16th centuries, when gold, silver, copper and iron ore were mined in its surroundings. At that time, the Thurzos family, which owned one of the most powerful Slovak mining companies, set up business there. The business was so lucrative that the family could afford to build a castle in the town.

The last vestiges of Gelnica's fame date back to the 19th century iron boom, when local factories produced mainly a variety of nails and chains.

This postcard from the 1930s testifies to the German character of the town, which is reflected in its former name, "Gölnitz".


Top stories

We should not wait until we start lowering our voices when talking about the mighty

The girl with seven names saw the first public execution in Korea aged seven.

Hyeonseo Lee

Quidditch becomes reality in Slovakia as first teams emerge Video

The wizard sport, fighting for its status in the real sports world, has won the hearts of some Slovaks.

Slovak tennis player knocks out Sharapova Video

Magdaléna Rybáriková improves her position in the WTA ranking.

Magdaléna Rybáriková

Soldier detained for theft in the ammunition depot

The theft in the ammunition depot was not used for arming extremists or terrorism.

Ammunition, illustrative stock photo