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Old February 18th, 2005, 10:12 AM   #1
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Levoca, Slovakia

This former free royal town lies at the southern heel of the Levoca Peaks in the centre of one of the oldest and most distinctive regions of Slovakia - Spis. The oldest written mention of Levoca dates back to 1249. As long ago as the early Middle Ages the town had the right to store supplies, exemption from tolls and other privileges beneficial to trade, and was an important trading centre on the route from Hungary to Poland. In 1323 it became a free royal town. The affluence and standing that Levoca once enjoyed are reflected in the impressive church buildings with their opulent interiors, and the sumptuous residences clustered around the arcaded square. The historic core of Levoca, encircled by its surviving fortification, is an urban heritage reserve.























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Old February 18th, 2005, 10:46 AM   #2
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Great pics!

I've noticed something fairly unusual in photos of Slovak cities... Pine trees in cities. Almost almost every town that I've seen has a pine tree or two in a downtown park or another prominent location. Maybe I wasn't paying enough attention, but I don't remember seeing many pine trees in other European towns, especially in city centers. Do you happen to know the history behind this?
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Great pics!

I've noticed something fairly unusual in photos of Slovak cities... Pine trees in cities. Almost almost every town that I've seen has a pine tree or two in a downtown park or another prominent location. Maybe I wasn't paying enough attention, but I don't remember seeing many pine trees in other European towns, especially in city centers. Do you happen to know the history behind this?
well, yes, you can find pine trees in almost every city center in Slovakia, but whatīs behind it? realy dont know... I never thought about it... for me, itīs just so... maybe we like to have many different things in one place?... or to bring something from our beatiful Tatras to every city? dont know....
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