UNESCO Director-General Bokova to See Master Paul’s Altar in Levoca

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The world's tallest wooden Gothic altar, a Master Paul's work at Saint James Basilica in Levoca. (Photo by TASR)

Levoca, May 3 (TASR) – UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will visit the medieval town of Levoca (Presov region) on Saturday, with an agenda that includes a meeting with mayors of towns listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, sightseeing at the Saint James Basilica and an organ concert, TASR learnt on Tuesday.

“UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova should arrive at the historical town hall in Levoca at 10 a.m. on Saturday to be welcomed by Levoca mayor Milan Majersky,” Dagmar Spisska from the Levoca mayor’s office told TASR.

Also present will be the mayors of the following towns that are also on the UNESCO list: Banska Stiavnica (Banska Bystrica region) – Nadezda Babiakova, Ruzomberok (Zilina region) – Igor Combor, Bardejov (Presov region) – Boris Hanuscak, and Spisske Podhradie (Presov region) – Michal Kapusta.

“The roundtable talks will also be attended by Spis diocese bishop Stefan Secka representing Spisska Kapitula [Presov region] and Levoca Catholic dean Frantisek Dlugos,” said Spisska.

Dean Dlugos will accompany Bokova during her tour of the Saint James Basilica. Bokova is interested mainly in the renowned wooden Gothic altar created by Master Paul in the early 16th century. “A short organ concert is scheduled at the end of the meeting at the basilica,” said Spisska.

Bokova will then leave Levoca for Poprad-Spisska Sobota (Presov region), where she’ll have lunch with President Andrej Kiska.

The UNESCO head is set to visit Slovakia on May 5-8 at the invitation of Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak. Apart from meeting Slovakia’s top officials, she’ll see localities listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.