THE HISTORICAL centre of Bardejov, recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO, is the top wonder of the Prešov Region. It received the votes of 1,451 citizens in a public poll sponsored by the Prešov Region that started last year and closed in January.
Ľubovňa castle placed second followed by the Tatra National Park, the altar of Master Paul in Levoča, local historical wooden churches, the Pieniny National Park and the historical centre of Levoča.
The voting was quite close as Bardejov won over Ľubovňa castle by only 16 votes, according to Veronika Fitzeková, the spokesperson of the Prešov Region, as cited by the SITA newswire.
Peter Chudík, the head of the Prešov Region is satisfied with the results as the voting public appreciated local attractions which the regional administration also prefers when presenting its wonders.
“But it is also a bit of a pity that unique features such as the Carpathian beech forests and Spišská Kapitula, both on the UNESCO world heritage list, or the opal mines in Dubník and the historical salt plant in Prešov did not make it on the list of the seven wonders of the region,” Chudík said as reported by SITA.
The region has not been waiting for the results of the public vote and has already invested in maintaining its historical and natural sights, according to Chudík.
Last year it invested almost €664,000 in reconstruction of Ľubovňa castle. It also built an information centre with a café for tourists near the oldest wooden church in Slovakia in Hervartov, for €166,000.
The Prešov Region has already published a new book about its seven wonders. It was ceremonially introduced on February 11.
Eastern Slovakia is rich in historical sites as well as natural sights and monuments.
The majority of the the Slovak sites inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list are in the country's eastern Košice and Prešov Regions.
16. Feb 2009 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports