Master Pavol’s House, Levoča

Dom Majstra Pavla, Levoča
Contact: Dr Mária Novotná (f) Administrator
Námestie Majstra Pavla 20, 054 01 Levoča, Slovakia
421 (0) 53 451 3496
421 (0) 53 451 2824
May-Oct: 9am-7pm daily; Nov-Apr: closed

Master Pavol’s House is a restored medieval burgher’s house whose most famous owner Master Pavol of Levoča is remembered as the creator of the highest Gothic altar in the world at the Church of St James in Levoča.

The building is believed to have originated in the 14th century, probably as a single-storey house with a cellar. This early structure was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in the 15th century with a courtyard wing. Master Pavol of Levoča is recorded as its owner in around 1510, and in 1588 the then owner Pavol Scholtz built a Renaissance extension onto the courtyard wing and added a walled rear wing. The last major modification to the house was made in the 1750s by wealthy trader Ján Adámy after a great fire in 1747. A restoration of the whole building was carried out in the 1980s.