Let us via the newly opened website guide you on a journey to the past, which unwinds the ancient history and connects the present. The journey is a unifying symbol of historical trade routes, roads of emperors, kings and princes of Transylvania as well as routes of immense cultural and historical heritage, connecting Central and South East Europe.
Magna Via is an organisation whose aim is to highlight, protect and promote the cultural heritage, natural beauty, tourist attractions as well as help developing tourism around the historically important 'Magna Via'- a former Imperial-Royal mail route dating back to the 16th century. Historically, the route was an important trade road that was often used by travelling kings. King Ferdinand I. built the route through mountains in north Slovakia after the eastern part of the country was occupied by the Turkish Empire troops. In 1558, the year of its completion, the route was one of the longest postal and transport links and included fifty-six postal stations crossing five countries (Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, and Romania) and connection Vienna and Rumanian town of Sibiu. The route’s length was over a thousand kilometres, with 520 kilometres running though Slovakia. Naturally the route has soon become one of the most important business and postal roads in the monarchy.
The organisation Magna Via aims to continue in the communication with the participating countries and invite them to co-operate in a project that will make the route accessible to tourists and public similarly as few other European routes (such as Via Antiqua or Via Bohemica). Our idea is to get in touch with Cultural routes of South East Europe, which already concludes ten countries and could not only be seen as an example of strengthening the co-operation between the regions, but also aims to protect and support common cultural heritage. The possible co-operation could also help to manage the route as well as create a partnership in undertaking the project that connects central Europe with south-east viaEurope through Magna Via.
We are rightly proud of the route and believe that our idea will address plenty of you who might want to join us in our endeavour to get this ambitious project registered at European Institute of Cultural Routes. Furthermore, we would like Magna Via to become a well-known tourist attraction, which via our website promotes and creates space for micro regions, local businesses, villages and town that are willing to participate and highlight their attractions, activities in the regions via connecting to local websites. We would like to create an intensive co-operation with Slovak Post and its postal museum as a main partner of our project. Further to the 450th anniversary of the establishment of Slovak Post and other museums, the projects aims to showcase the importance and progress of the route’s history in order to get Slovakia its own highlighted point within European tourism.
Doc. Ing. Jozef Húska, CSc.
President of Magna Via association