Svidnik is a historically rich centre of Ruthenian culture, located in eastern Slovakia, in the Prešov country, in the region of Sarysz.
The city we know today is relatively young. It was established in 1944 from the merger of two small villages of Vyšný Svidník and Nižný Svidník. For centuries these villages have been located on a popular Trans-Carpathian trade route leading through the Dukielska Pass. It is assumed that Vyšný Svidník was established as early as the time of Wallachian colonization, i.e. in 1340 and was the first settlement in Ruthenians, and the first written records of the village date back to 1355.
The regionof Sarysz in which Svidnik is located is an area formerly inhabited by relatives of the Ruthenians, namely the Lemkos. They were famous for their rich traditions and folk culture, and in particular from beautiful garments made of locally manufactured fabrics.
A characteristic fabric for the area around Svidnik is a kepra - diagonally ribbed woolen or semi-shelled woolen material used, among others, in the production process. for the manufacture of trousers or shirts in the form of poncho.
During the summer, numerous ethnographic events are organised in Svidnik, such as the People's Treasure House and the Days of Folk Tradition.
This is an excellent opportunity not only to visit this extraordinary city, but also to learn about old folk traditions, or purchase original handicrafts.
More information about the city on the website www.svidnik.sk