LIVING MUSEUM AT THE VILLAGE
Few years ago traveling with
my friend Monika Barabašová from Martin to Zvolen via Ružomberok, Donovaly
and Banská Bystrica to make an interview with my friend potter Katarína
Vaisová we detoured to a mountain road ending in the village of VLKOLÍNEC.
What a site, unbelievable! This was just few months subsequent to Vlkolínec
receiving its official recognition and designation as a world's heritage site.
Today there are total of five world heritage sites in Slovakia: Vlkolínec, Spiš's
Castle and surrounding villages, including the Church of the Holy Spirit at
Žehra, Banská Štiavnica medieval mining town, Slovak Karst and the caves of
Domica and city of Bardejov.
The first mention of Vlkolínec comes from 1376. The people used to be farmers.
Vlkolínec is village
with two rows of houses with long courtyards. This is the only village in
Slovakia that has not been disturbed by new development. This village is a
living memory of the village's past. It is in the jurisdiction of the town of
The village has currently 32
permanent inhabitants, from which only two families are young persons that are
about third of the houses. The part time vacationing owners use the second
third only in summer for recreational purposes. The last third of the houses
are the ruins, or the houses burned down during the national uprising in the
Second World War. The remaining members of the village are against
modernization that would include new water system, sewage facilities, etc. One
three-space house is preserved as a museum. Black kitchen complete with old
kitchen utensils, furnished living room-dining room-bedroom all in one and a
storage pantry room. The houses have not gotten tap water and the water well
is located by the road in the middle of the village, housed in a wooden shed.
Chickens and other farm animals’ roam unnoticed freely in the village and
there is a sense of peace and tranquility there.
It was rainy and foggy during
our visit there and I hope that when I visit Vlkolínec again, the weather will
be more cooperative and I will be able to see and appreciate the complete
beauty of this magnificent village.
Over the years I returned to
Vlkolínec on numerous occasions and here some pictures for all of you.
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Published in the
Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 2, No. 1, Spring 1994
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