Slovak Hobbit town in Liptovská Teplička
Slovak Unique1. November 2017
Liptovská Teplička is a picturesque place in the district of Poprad. It lies at the northern foot of the Low Tatras, about 8 km south of Strba. The Teplica brook flows through the village and flows into Čierny Váh on its northern edge.
The original wooden log houses built in Liptovská Teplička create a dense and irregular street development. Since in the past, building plots were not allowed to expand at the expense of arable land, they tried to use every available area. Therefore, the houses in the oldest part of the village are very narrow yards.
To date, Liptovska Teplicka has 117 barns registered in the Stodolištia area. In addition to economic purposes, the municipality uses them for exhibitions during events in Liptovská Teplička. Together with potato cellars, Škverkovec spring, Turnička rocky hill, wooden amphitheater and views of terraced fields and the High Tatras, they create an indescribable aesthetic impression.
It is currently being developed into a recreational and tourist resort. In the surroundings of the village have been preserved unique, deeply hollowed cellars. Folklore festivities under Kráľova hoľa are held here every year. The pride of the village Liptovská Teplička include folk architecture and especially potato cellars, which are considered to be a unique European and are referred to as the Slovak home Hobbit.
Lord of the Rings
If Frodo of the Lord of the Rings would dig in New Zealand and go through the center of the Earth, he would say his head would be straight in Slovakia. In a two thousand mountain village at the foot of the Low Tatras, they seemed to be waiting for Frodo. For three hundred years. Roughly so many are unusual cellars, which are unique in Europe and their shape resembles the dwellings of hobbits, small creatures from the famous story of R. R. Tolkien.
Potato cellars in the village Liptovská Teplička are dug perpendicular to the ground, where they reach a depth of about 2.5-3 meters, have a pear-shaped, tapering upwards. Above the pit is a canopy of logs, on it a layer of clay covered with moss. The roof, which has a slight slope, is supported by a small door set into the posts.
To date, more than 400 cellars have been preserved and are still in use, and 30 bags of potatoes can be fed into one cellar. Every beerhouse has its own owner and it is interesting that they gradually inherit from generation to generation. So if you are in the vicinity, be sure to visit Liptovská Teplička to see this unique European with your own eyes.