Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

HISTORY TALKS...

In the time of thatched roofs

WHEN famous Slovak painter Janko Alexy embarked on an expedition around Slovakia in 1919 with several Czech professors, he drew sketches of the region’s impressive castles and imposing cathedrals. Fortunately, Alexy also had a weakness for simple folk architecture, because while many of the castles and churches have been preserved, most of the wooden buildings have perished.

Fortunately, Alexy also had a weakness for simple folk architecture, because while many of the castles and churches have been preserved, most of the wooden buildings have perished.

Alexy wandered the countryside at a time when rural architecture consisted of centuries-old structures. Until then, the architecture had changed only gradually, and Alexy was able to capture an image of the Slovak village which had already existed relatively unchanged for two to three centuries. Rapid 20th-century modernisation in the subsequent decades changed the face of the countryside beyond recognition.

In this postcard from 1921 we see houses from Kleče-nov, a municipality that is now part of Zemplínska Nová Ves. The village was inhabited by farmers and wine makers.

Thatched-roof houses, like the two in this picture, are a rare sight these days.

The development of villages in southeastern Slovakia started changing little by little prior to the Second World War. Many people left the villages to work in America and after they returned they built more expensive houses out of bricks. However, it is interesting to note that they sought to retain the shape of their original dwellings.

Topic: History talks


Top stories

Crematorium in Bratislava is an architectural revelation Photo

Those who have experienced farewells in other crematoria know what makes it special. Now the best work by the architect Ferdinand Milučký is getting a monograph

Crematorium in Bratislava by architect Ferdinand Milučký

What kind of expectations do some Slovaks have for world leaders?

Among EU member states, opinions of the United States declined in all but two — Poland (which makes some sense) and Slovakia (which does not).

Donald Trump

Crates and boxes. Slovaks discover new ways of grocery shopping

Farmer’s boxes are gaining customers in Slovakia as people slowly become more conscious about quality and the origin of the food they eat.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 19 and January 28, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Scandi 4