Slovakia has a Notre Dame that won’t burn

Tatra Ice Cathedral open for visitors.

(Source: TASR)
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The Tatra Ice Cathedral, traditionally a symbol of the winter season in the region, is opened for the seventh time. It can be found at Hrebienok in the High Tatras.

The unique attraction was inspired by Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. It was decided because of the fire that ruined this monument in spring 2019. The ice version was built by the main sculptor Adam Bakoš, who used 225 tons of ice.

The artwork is located at an altitude of 1,285 metres above sea level and every year it lures thousands of local and foreign tourists. The construction took about a month and it is a bit higher than last year – the highest point is 12 metres.

“There are these small details. On the left people pray to the towers, a symbol of April fire. Here is also Quasimodo as a guard where visitors can ring the bell, but there are also Tatra features, such as Leontopodium alpinum or 'May Snow', that creates the stained glass windows of the cathedral,” said Lucia Blašková, director of Regional Organisation of High Tatras Region Tourism, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

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