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Slavošovce lies in the south-eastern part of the Slovak Ore Mountains (Slovenské rudohorie) at the north-eastern sweep of the Štítnická valley (Štítnická dolina) under the hilltops of the Rooster (Kohút) and the Stool (Stolica). There is a paper mill in the village, which has got a long-time tradition in paper-making. Its beginning reaches as far as the 19th Century. It concerned predominantly hand-made production mainly oriented to packaging paper making.
Johanna Gyurky, the paper mill founder introduced a paper making machine, the first one in the Hungarian Empire. The village is a birthplace of Pavol Emanuel Dobšinský, the writer and the collector of folk Slovak tales.
POINTS OF INTEREST
· Natal home of Pavol Emanuel Dobšinský
· The tunnel under Homôlka.
The native inhabitants were of Slavonic origin, Ruthenians, that were dealing with shepherding and stockbreeding, as well as mining, logging, charcoal-burning and cartage. In the 14th century the German came to the village and carried out prospecting works and iron ore extraction. This way iron trip hammers emerged in the village becoming paper mills later. There was a brewery and ironworks here.
TUNNEL WITHOUT RAILS
An unusual technical monument that passes through the Homôlka Hill was built in the 20th Century. It was originally supposed to connect individual valleys of the region. However all the works were suspended after the war. Nowadays the tunnel serves as a tourist attraction bringing inhabitants of the Štítnická and Revúca valleys together. It is 2 400 m long and it takes approximately 40 minutes to cross it. The tunnel is totally dark. However an adventurous walk through it as well as getting to know the tunnel space and precise manual work of the local stonecutters is an unusual experience.
THE HOUSE OF THE STORY TELLER
The natal home of Pavol Emanuel Dobšinský is situated in the centre of the village of Slavošovce. The writer, folk tales Publisher and teacher wrote many fairy-tales that are well-known to children all around the world. There is a memorial plaque mounted on his natal home and his bronze statue is located in the village. The exhibition presents known and unknown information about his life and work in six rooms.
Just at a stone´s throw...
WATER CASTLE IN ŠTÍTNIK (according to the legend this is one of the seven castles of the Bebek family)
It was built on the plain in 1432, being protected against enemies by a large marshland. The castle had to withstand the Turkish raids that is why it was rebuilt several times; it had the external fortification reinforced and the observation tower elevated. Nowadays the whole complex is partially reconstructed and it is situated at the premises of the secondary vocational school.
THE OLDEST PLAYABLE ORGAN
You can find it in the evangelical church in Štítnik. It is the oldest playable organ in Slovakia and it belongs amongst the oldest ones in Europe. The evangelical church (National cultural monument, included in the list of UNESCO) probably comes from the beginning of the 14th Century. The church fresco decorations represent the most extensive preserved illustration of mediaeval wall painting in Slovakia from the 14th and 15th Century. The interior church facilities are very valuable ones: an altar, a pulpit, a metal font, epitaphs with paintings, grave stones etc.
OCHTINSKÁ ARAGONIT CAVE
It is a unique object of the world due to its varied aragonite decoration, creating various shapes similar to clusters, shrubs, corals and nests. Regarding its uniqueness the Ochtinská aragonite cave was included into the list of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage by UNESCO.
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