The village lies in the Rožnavská Basin (Rožňavská kotlina) in the valley of the stream Pača, a right hand tributary of Čremošná. The Medieval castle that looms over the village is the most valuable and the best known monument of this region.
POINTS OF INTEREST
- The Krásna Hôrka Castle
- The mausoleum of Dionýz Andrassy and his wife Františka
- The Andrassy picture gallery
- The memorial of Františka Andrassy and its area (Františka´s garden)
- The Roman-catholic church of All the Saints of 14th Century
The village developed under the castle in the 14th Century and it became a tollhouse later. Its inhabitants worked in agriculture, at properties of a count as well as in the woods and a part of them in mines at the Little Hill (Malý Vrch) and in Rožňava.
THE KRÁSNA HÔRKA CASTLE
It is one of the almost entirely preserved Slovak castles built in the 13th Century. The building has undergone several reconstructions and it changed the owners several times. The Bebek Family was a significant one in the Middle Ages. The cruelty of František Bebek and his brother Imrich who used to drop church bells and had cannons casted out of them, was a legendary one. Today they are part of the Castle exhibition. Bebek´s secret mint, where he stamped fake coins, is hidden in one of the rooms. František Bebek fought against the emperor and was pronounced a traitor. The family history after his death is unclear and the castle was gradually falling under the emperor administration who managed the estate via castle captains. Peter I. Andrassy who began nearly 400 years long reign of the Andrassy Family was a significant one. The castle was not in their ownership at first, they only had a status to inherit the castle captainship. Not earlier than in the 17th Century Matej II Andrassy acquired the Krásna hôrka Castle and the Krásnohorské estate into his inheritable property and the castle was enriched in other buildings. The castle became the seat of the estate for some period of time.
A glass sarcophagus of the lady Žofia Serédyová who died at the beginning of the 18th Century and was buried in the church tomb under the castle is a unique object of the castle. Due to limestone water that was dripping on her and dry draught, her body remained preserved and almost intact. In the 19th Century the castle burned down for the first time owing to the lightening stroke. Unfortunately in 2012, the castle burned down for the second time by an act of a man.
MAUSOLEUM OF THE ANDRASSY FAMILY
The mausoleum was built by the count Dionyz Andrassy out of a great love for his wife Františka, after her death. She was buried in Munich at first. Her remains were transferred to the mausoleum on the day of the second anniversary of her decease. The count Andrassy himself passed away on Sicily and his mortal remains are deposited in the mausoleum next to his wife. The interior is faced with precious sorts of marble imported not only from the European but also from African locations. There are two sarcophagi made of Italian marble decorated with relief portraits of both spouses that dominate here. The statue of a dog – a dachshund, made of red marble, is placed in the park behind the mausoleum. The inscription Unser Tascherl (Our Tascherl) represents a loyal doggy of the spouses and the statue is placed at the stone pedestal with epigram TREUE UM TREUE 1890 – 1910 (Loyalty for loyalty).
THE ANDRASSY PICTURE GALLERY
Dionyz Andrassy, the owner of the Krasnohorské estate at that time, had the original exhibition building in Krásnohostké Podhradie built at the beginning of the 20th Century with the aim of depositing his valuable collection of fine art and library here. The building is managed by the Mining Museum (Banícke museum) in Rožňava presenting pieces of fine art from 18th and 19th Century portrait works coming from collection resources of the museum, the Krásna Hôrka Castle and the Manor house in Betliar.
Just at a stone´s throw...
THE CRAFTSMAN´S HOUSE IN KRÁSNOHORSKÁ DLHÁ LÚKA
It is a reconstructed peasant house, where craftsman´s workshop is made. The Craftsman´s house offers an illustration of the traditional crafts such as basketry, loom weaving, but also bread baking in the traditional outdoor oven. The Association of the Gemer Craftsmen is seated in the Craftsman’s house focusing on traditional Gemer crafts revival in order to preserve their folk art purity. The natal home of Dionyz Andrassy is also located in these grounds.
THE KRÁSNOHORSKÁ CAVE (KRÁSNOHORSKÁ JASKYŇA)
The Cave was entered in the UNESCO list at the village of Krásnohorská Dlhá Lúka. The most precious exhibit of the whole cave is a 30m high formation The Stalagmite (Kvapeľ). Approximately 450 m of the cave is open to the public. It concerns an adrenaline tour in the special cave clothing with helmets and headlamps. The rout leads along wooden footbridges over the underground stream flowing through the main part of the cave and a traverse ropeway over the both cave lakes.
A CHURCH OF THE HUSSITTE PERIOD
The ruins of so called the Hussitte church that was standing here probably already in the 13th Century are situated at the village Lúčka (in the valley of the stream Čermošná, on the southern part of the Slovak Karst (Slovenský kras) border. A reconstructed fortified tower is located at the ruins. Iron ore was extracted at the village parish and there was also functioning blast furnace here till the end of the 20th Century. In 1992 the oldest part of the village was declared a Monument Reserve.
The Brzotín Castle (according to the legend this is one of the seven castles of the Bebek family)also called the Red Monks castle is only a ruin in the woods nowadays. Originally there was only a stone fortification at this place, later a castle that was gradually becoming derelict. It is situated in the preserved area.
CASTLE RUINS IN PLEŠIVEC(according to the legend this is one of the seven castles of the Bebek family)
The remains of the castle are right in the village. The fortified structure probably served to collect tolls. Nowadays the ruins do not look like a castle anymore, only its corner building torso was preserved and the premises of the castle are built-up with family houses.
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