Art Nouveau manor house Pečovská Nová Ves
The first written record on the municipality of Pečovská Nová Ves dates back from 1319 (Wyfalu). Until 1322, the municipality was a royal property. Later on, it was owned by the nobleman Mičko, who built his seat high in the Čergov mountains. Thanks to advantageous marriages, Pečovská Nová Ves was later inhabited by various noble families (Mariássy family, Bornemisz family) who lived in their opulent mansions. Unfortunately, the turbulent years of the 20th century meant that the descendants of these families were forced to leave Pečovská Nová Ves. Originally a Baroque manor house from the mid-18th century is a ground floor block building. The main façade has a central entrance portal with stucco ornaments. The roof, originally mansard, is now saddle. At the beginning of the 20th century the manor house was rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style. The estate also boasts a well-kept park with beautiful trees. The last owner of the manor house was Štefan Bornemisz (born on November 24, 1917 in Budapest, died in Pečovská Nová Ves on November 15, 2006). Mr. Bornemisz was the son of the royal chamberlain István Bornemisza. After the collapse of the monarchy, his family lived in Pečovská Nová Ves, where they owned three manor houses and farmed on their extensive estate. Unfortunately, Štefan’s father was dragged to the USSR’s gulag and no one has ever seen him again. Štefan studied law and loved horseback riding. In 1955 he founded an equestrian club in Poprad. The club and its members were cast in Slovak and foreign movies, the most notorious include Jánošík and Vivat Beňovský. After 1989, he devoted himself to charity work and for his services he was ordained a Knight of the Maltészke Council on January 20, 1995, as the first citizen of Slovakia. Štefan Bornemisza was a gifted man who excelled in literature, sculpting, painting and carving.