An excellent opportunity to experience 12th to 19th-century central Europe

The Mariássys family history is documented in Markušovce and remembered by the Lower Manor House, now a museum.

Summer-house Dardanely in Markušovce.Summer-house Dardanely in Markušovce. (Source: TASR)

This article was published in the Košice Region Travel Guide. Discover the region on the border between Western and Eastern European culture with our regionial guide.

The history, and to a large extent the major buildings, of Markušovce a few kilometres from Spišská Nová Ves are deeply connected to one family, the Mariássys. In fact the town itself was named after one of the 12th century Mariássys, Marko, and the village’s dominant structure is the fortified Mariássys Manor House, now in ruins.

Lost in Košice? Impossible with this travel guide. Lost in Košice? Impossible with this travel guide.

By the late 17th century the combined efforts of the Imperial Army, various fires, and family squabbles resulted in the closing of the large manor house and building a Lower Manor House which survives and offers the focus for today’s visitor. The property stayed in the Mariássy family until it was sold in 1933 and emptied of its contents.

Following World War II, the estate became state-owned and in 1953 took on its role as a museum of historical furnishings.

The Lower Manor House, built in the Renaissance style of block-fortified manor houses, is overwhelming. With its four cylindrical towers, false 3rd floor, moat, and central tower it cries out “the people who live here are powerful and important”. Intimidating visitors was not a bad idea as few at that time came peacefully. The system for “barring the door” involved a log built into the door casement.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

News digest: It's an Olympic gold day for most in Slovakia, protest day for some

Trap shooter Rehák Štefečeková wins her first Olympic gold. Anti-vaxxers block traffic in downtown Bratislava. Slovakia has sold its unused Sputnik V doses.

2 h

Adjustments on local level may make all the difference in coping with climate change

You can’t fix the problem if you don’t know what the problem is.

3 h
Zuzana Rehák Štefečeková won Slovakia's first medal at 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Golden Zuzana hits nearly anything that moves

Read the story of trap shooter Zuzana Rehák Štefečeková, who won her first Olympic gold in Tokyo.

9 h
Protesters blocked the roads near Hodžovo Square on July 29, 2021.

Protesters cause a traffic collapse in downtown Bratislava

Police recommend drivers to avoid Hodžovo Square, if possible.

6 h