So this is what Slovakia looked like in the 13th century… Unesco-listed Levoča is one of the few towns to still have its ancient defences largely intact. High medieval walls surround Old Town buildings and cobblestone alleyways. At the centre of it all stands the pride of the country's religious art and architecture collection, the Gothic Church of St Jacob. During the Middle Ages the king of Hungary invited Saxon Germans to colonise frontier lands. Levoča became central to the resulting Slavo-Germanic Spiš region, and became one of Slovakia's most important pilgrimage centres.