|North part of the Spisz Region|
Spisz (Slovak: Spiš, Polish: Spisz) is a region in north-eastern Slovakia (3,500 km²) and in south-eastern Poland (195.5 km²). The Spisz has been endowed by a really beautiful nature. Its northern part is surrounded by massive peaks of the High Tatras mountains and the Belianske Tatras, that merge with the unique scenery of the National Park Pieniny with the Dunajec river. The eastern border is Levoča Mountains (Levočské vrchy). In the south, there is Slovenské Rudohorie mountain range followed by picturesque cliffs and gorges of the National Park Slovak Paradise.
|North part of the Spisz Region and the Tatra Mountains - a view from Wysoka (Pieniny Mts.)|
The Spisz has always been a melting pot of many nations, cultures and religions. You would find here people of the Roman-Catholic as well as the Greek-Catholic religion, Orthodox, Evangelic and Jews. They worked and lived together. The Very interesting ethnic group are the Highlanders. They settled near the northern border region in the 12th century. Highlanders are a distinctive minority with their own culture, and speak a dialect of Polish (Learn more: Wikipedia.Spiš & (Unofficial) Spiš web site)