Spišská Belá

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Coordinates: 49°11′09″N 20°27′24″E / 49.18583°N 20.45667°E / 49.18583; 20.45667
Spišská Belá
Town
Spisska Bela kostel.JPG
Church in Spišská Belá
Coat of arms
Country Slovakia
Region Prešov
District Kežmarok
Tourism region Tatry
River Poprad
Elevation 626 m (2,054 ft)
Coordinates 49°11′09″N 20°27′24″E / 49.18583°N 20.45667°E / 49.18583; 20.45667
Area 33.94 km2 (13.1 sq mi)
Population 6,189 (2005-12-31)
Density 182 / km2 (471 / sq mi)
First mentioned 1263
Mayor Štefan Bieľak
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 059 01
Area code +421-52
Car plate KK
Location of Spišská Belá in Slovakia
Location of Spišská Belá in Slovakia
Location of Spišská Belá in the Prešov Region
Location of Spišská Belá in the Prešov Region
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS
Website: www.spisskabela.sk

Spišská Belá (German: Zipser Bela; Hungarian: Szepesbéla; Polish: Biała Spiska) is a town in the Kežmarok District in the Prešov Region in Spiš in northern Slovakia.

History[edit]

The town was first mentioned in historical records in 1263. The town received town rights in 1271. Scientist and inventor Joseph Petzval was born here in 1807. The town center has been designated an historic district. The church in the center of the square was built in the 15th century. The tower next to the church was dedicated to when to town received town rights back in 1271.

Geography[edit]

The town and municipality lies at an altitude of 631 metres and covers an area of 33.94 km². It has a population of about 6,189 people.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2001 census, the town had 6,136 inhabitants. 94.82% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 3.18% Roma, 0.31% Czechs and 0.26% Germans.[1] The religious makeup was 85.46% Roman Catholics, 4.61% people with no religious affiliation, 3.49% Lutherans and 1.22% Greek Catholics.[1]

Famous people[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Spišská Belá is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 

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