Stratená is a mountain village in the eastern Slovakia and it is probably the best place to stay during your trip to National Park of Slovak Paradise. Stratená is located in the district of Rožňava, in the valley of Hnilec stream. Establishment of the village was associated with mining and metallurgy activities. In 1723 Csáky family built a blast furnace here, the last one was working until 1927. A wooden chapel at the cemetery dates back to 1800 and church was built in 1909.
The statue was made by Master Paul of Levoča, who also made the late Gothic altar in the St. James church in Levoča – the highest altar in Europe.
Stratená is the starting point of hiking trails to Stratenská Valley, which is with a meandering stream Hnilec one of the most beautiful valleys in the Slovak Paradise. The first public route in this gorge was built in 1840 with 13 bridges. Short, but the most attractive part of the valley is Stratenský Canyon. Stratenská Valley is accessible for both pedestrians and cyclists. In the village of Stratená there are about 150 residents living now.
You can visit Dobšinská Ice Cave that is just 2km from Stratená, or Dedinky village, the centre of National Park of Slovak Paradise, whith amazing lake and romantic beauty.
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