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Oversized statues of eight Hungarian kings attract visitors to gegejovce.

One of the tourist attractions of the eastern-Slovak village is an alley lined with larger-than-life Hungarian emperors.default:svg width="23" height="23default:use xlink:efault:useefault:svdefault:svg width="22" height="22default:use xlink:efault:useefault:svIn the village of eejovce (Kosice Region), the Alley of the Kings comes as a surprise to visitors.

It is lined with eight wooden statues of the Hungarian Kingdom's mediaeval rulers, the TASR newswire wrote on January 27. Not just the village but the whole of Slovakia used to be part of the Hungarian Kingdom between the years 1000 and 1918, while eejovce even fell under the new Hungarian regime during part of the 20th century.Visitors can see larger-than-life renditions of the first Hungarian King, Saint Stephen (1000-1038), Louis the Great (1342-1382), Sigismund of Luxembourg (1387-1437) and Matthias Corvinus (1458-1490) among others.

The alley starts in the village centre, near the memorial to the victims of World Wars I and II, and continues in the direction of the Calvinist early-gothic church which, along with its medieval frescoes, represents another interesting stop for tourists.The statues are complemented with information about the kings in Slovak, Hungarian and English, with an emphasis on their connection with the region.

The statues were crafted by woodcutters Jan Lukacs of Moldava nad Bodvou and Magdalena Palenarova of eejovce.Worth a total of Pound 17,000, the project was supported by the Terra Incognita programme of the Kosice region.

What lies behind the big wooden statues in eejovce"The statues depict the kings who ruled over five centuries," the village mayor, Jalius Pelegrin told TASR. "When selecting them, we primarily considered their relation to this area, and the deeds they did to its benefit.

They include, for example, the third Hungarian king, Aba Samuel (1041-1044) who allegedly gave this name to the Abov //www."This helps draw attention here and attracts tourists," Pelegrin stated.

"As it all begins at the main road, people tend to notice, stop and go to see the statues, as well as the early-gothic church." The Mayor added that their project is based on the idea of writer Slavomir Szabo of the Kosice literary society, Prave Orechove.

These are not the only wooden statues in eejovce, though Visitors can also see St John the Apostle near the Roman-Catholic church, Jan Amos Komensky near the elementary school and, during each Christmas season, the wooden Nativity scene made by local woodcutter Frantisek Palenar is exhibited, TASR wrote. 30. Jan 2018 at 23:08 |Compiled by Spectator staff

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Publication:Slovak Spectator (Bratislava, Slovakia)
Date:Jan 31, 2018
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