In historical records the village was first mentioned in 1427. Until the 19th century its mines were the only source of precious opal available to Europeans. During this period, the village was generally known, at least to outsiders, as Czernowitza. There are possibilities for tourists to visit former opal mines in the area.
Points of interests
The records for genealogical research are available at the state archive "Statny Archiv in Kosice, Presov, Slovakia"
- Roman Catholic church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1788-1895 (parish A)
- Greek Catholic church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1773-1895 (parish B)
- Lutheran church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1784-1895 (parish B)
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