Pribylina – Museum of the Liptov Village

History

   The Liptov Village Museum in Pribylina was established in relation with the construction of the Liptovská Mara water reservoir, in order to save the most valuable architectural monuments from the flooded area. The open-air museum was built in 1972, and it was opened to visitors in 1991.

Architecture

   Above the reconstructed village is the high roof of the gothic-renaissance manor house from Parížovce. It belongs to the oldest, gentry buildings of Liptov land, because its gothic core can be dated to the first half of the 14th century. It was rebuilt in the first half of the fifteenth century. Then a high three-room building was erected, which absorbed the older manor. The old part was rebuilt into a knight’s hall with painted walls in the corners, and the façades were decorated with quadrangles. Today’s appearance was given to it after the last major, renaissance reconstruction, in the second half of the seventeenth century.
  
Another interesting monument is the church dedicated to Virgin Mary from the village of Liptovská Mara. The base of the temple is romanesque, and its age is estimated on the twelfth century. In the thirteenth century, the building was significantly rebuilt, in the seventeenth century, a tower was added. The interior of the temple is decorated with medieval wall polychromes.
   Of timber buildings, t
he biggest is the inn from the village of Cachtice Podhradie. The remaining objects of the open-air museum are residential and economic buildings, mainly from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century.

Current state

   The open-air museum regularly hosts events, folklore performances, and reconstructions of folk customs and rituals. You can not only get acquainted with the ways of making objects, but also buy original creations from folk artists or in a museum shop. There are also organized demonstrations of daily work in the village: shearing sheep, making cheese, making wool. The museum also presents breeding domestic animals. The opening hours and dates can be checked on the official site of the city here.

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