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History Talks: The downfall of Sobrance spa

Only one of 16 buildings was left standing after air raids during WWII.

  • Apr 19 2024
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History Talks: The downfall of Sobrance spa
History Talks: The downfall of

Four springs containing cold, sulphurous, salty water were known to have existed above the eastern-Slovak town of Sobrance since 1336, referenced in the writings of monks from a nearby town. Sobrance sits near the Ukrainian border.

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The land belonged to the family of Count Sztáray, who in 1822 had the surrounding marshes drained and built two new sources of drinking water. By that point, wooden spa buildings had been built there, housing 45 tubs.

Sobrance’s locals seized the opportunity offered by nature and built a spa that also included a dance hall, a music ensemble and a beautiful forest park. Guests obviously enjoyed the facility; by the mid 19th century 500 families were visiting the spa within a single season.

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The spa continued to increase the number of services it offered when in the 19th century it began offering massages and hydrotherapy.

The spa’s successful 150-year run came to an abrupt halt in the Second World War when it was destroyed by air raids. Only one of 16 buildings was left standing. After some activity from 1970 - 2004, the spa was again closed. Today, the healing water is used in a local hospital, and locals can take water home from the spring.

This postcard from 1930 shows the spa was situated in a beautiful area. It is a mystery, though, why the photographer had only men standing in the picture. It was more common at that time for shots of spas to show gentlemen posing with their well-dressed wives, which was seen as making a facility seem more enchanting.

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This article was originally published by The Slovak Spectator on June 16, 2014. It has been updated to be relevant today


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