DARDANELY MANOR AND SUMMER HOUSE IN MARKUŠOVCE: MUSEUM BRANCH COLLECT OF THE SPIŠ MUSEUM IN SPIŠSKA NOVA VES
Múzeum Spiša v Spišskej Novej Vsi, 16. 12. 2013
The village of Markušovce is a major treasury of cultural monuments in Spiš and its history is linked to the Máriássy family. According to the first written mention from 1280, Markušovce arose as a border and guarding village. Its landmark is the medieval castle (fortified mansion ) and the Church of Saint Michael.
An important monument in the village is the originally Renaissance Máriássy manor house from 1643, built by Francis Máriássy III. The building’s rococo style is from the years 1770 to 1775. Currently, the building is managed by the Spiš Museum in Spišská Nová Ves and it shelters the Exhibition of Historical Furniture. It displays the development of furniture art from the Renaissance to the first half of the 20th century, complemented by applied art objects.
The surroundings of the manor house are adapted as a French park. The Dardanely summer house is located on its highest terrace, an important Rococo architecture monument in Slovakia. Wolfgang (Farkas) Máriássy permitted it to be built in the last third of the 18th century for social and ceremonial reasons. Currently, there is an exhibition of keyboard instruments, with a unique collection of small organs - positives, pianos, clavichords and table pianos of Slovak provenance. The hammerklavier is an extraordinary instrument, made by Carl (Károly) Schmidt, the manufacturer from Bratislava, richly decorated with inlays of mother of pearl, ivory and metal. He made it in 1846 for Count Mariássy. The community hall upstairs stands out due to the Greek mythology fresco. It’s used as an exhibition area and a concert hall, hosting classical music performances. Mostly Christmas concerts are a tradition here. The Dardanely summer house is also a center for a music history department, along with all the museum’s professional activities.
The Spiš Museum still maintains contact with Heidi Máriássy, who lives in Stockholm, and the family living in Košice.