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View from the Poprad River

Legnava is a village and municipality in the Stará Ľubovňa District, Prešov Region in northern Slovakia. It has 146 inhabitants.

A more detailed history with photographs can be found at....

Legnava - The Carpathian Connection


The village was founded after 1366, when the then Hungarian king Ludovit I. Great gave nobleman Jakub a forested area between the villages Starina, Orlov, Andrejovka and the river Poprad, to create a village. [5] The first written mention of this village dates from 1427. The village had then 7 taxed port and belonged to the estate Brezovica. In the documents from the 15th and 16th centuries it occurs sporadically under the name Legnava, more often in the Hungarianized Langno, Lagnó, Hosszúvágás and under the German name Legenau, Langhaw. The German name reveals that the settlement was built by settlers with sholtýs under the right of purchase. The document from 1440 shows that they lived in the village of Valasi. Šoltýstvo remained in the village until the 16th century. In 1600 the village consisted of 16 serf houses. At the end of the 16th century, Legnava was a medium-sized municipality with exclusively serf population mostly of Ruthenian origin. In the 17th century it belonged to the Semsey family, in the 18th century the Szirmay family. In 1787 the village had 298 inhabitants and in 1880 even up to 503 inhabitants. Nowadays, the inhabitants made their living mainly by farming, breeding sheep, working in forests. After 1918 by farming, cattle breeding and canvas weaving. [6]

Historic Buildings[edit]

A chapel built by Tomáš Szirmay (1760) is located 1 km from the village.


Chapel at Legnava

Coordinates: 49°20′N 20°51′E / 49.333°N 20.850°E / 49.333; 20.850