Regional Development Agency of the Presov Self-Governing Region

Agentúra regionálneho rozvoja Prešovského samosprávneho kraja Prešov, Slovak Republic
Regional development agency of the Prešov self-governing region is a professional association of legal entities founded by the Foundation Agreement dated 3rd January 2005 and By-Laws dated 3rd January 2005, for the purposes of coordinating activities, including financial activities, at a regional and local level for support and development of the Prešov Self-Governing Region and region NUTS II – Eastern Slovakia. The founding members of the association are the Prešov self-governing region and the University of Prešov in Prešov. The association is a non-profit entity.The basic functions and scope of activities of the association are to support economic and social development of the Prešov region and region NUTS II – Eastern Slovakia, with regard to the state structural, regional, social, industrial and technical policy.

Prešov self-governing region is located in the north-eastern part of Slovakia and is known for its very hilly landscape. It is the second largest region in Slovakia and the first most populated with a population of over 800 000 inhabitants. Prešov region borders with Poland and Ukraine in north and east and with Košice and Banská Bystrica regions in south and Žilina region in the west.Three of nine Slovakia’s national parks and parts of two others as well as numerous protected areas are located in the region and almost half of the territory is covered with coniferous and deciduous forests. The oldest of the national parks located in the area is the Tatra National Park (TANAP) declared as such in 1949. Slovakia’s highest peak can be found here, in High Tatras – Gerlachovský peak (2654m). There are also a large number of caves in the region, but only Belianska cave and Zlá diera (Evil hole) are opened to public. Beautiful nature offers many possibilities for relaxation and tourism.
The territory of Prešov self-governing region is also rich in exceptional historical monuments. There are seven sites listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list in Slovakia and the four of them are located in the territory of Prešov region: Historical Center of Bardejov, Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain area, Carpathian Beech Primeval Forests, Spiš Chapter. There are many old castles in the region of which the most interesting is Ľubovňa castle with an open air museum of folk architecture. In Prešov region you can find also 27 wooden churches of Greek Catholic and Orthodox provenance mostly located in the north-eastern part of the Prešov region. Important historical cities are located in the region – Prešov, Bardejov, Kežmarok, Levoča, foundation of which is dated back to 13th century, with many interesting historical sites such as Catholic Church of St. James in Levoča where the tallest wooden Gothic altar in the world is located.

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