Mestský špitál, Rožňava

This classicist building used to be a hospital for the poor. The building was rebuilt as a public hospital by Juraj Andrássy for the urban poor in 1719. You can read about this on the marble plaque on the main wall of the building. Its façade is decorated with three stone Baroque sculptures by unknown sculptors – the Coronation of the Virgin Mary, St. Florian and Pieta. Today, the building houses the State Monument Protection Office. Architecturally, the building is one of the most striking monuments in Rožňava. It is located on Betliar Street. You can find this monument on the map on the subpage Monuments.

The building was built on the site of the original city hospital, which burned down in 1710. This hospital – a poor house – served the poorest sections of the population. It was financed by 6% interest on the share capital of 1,300 gold provided by Juraj Andrássy, as well as from donations, which were thrown into the small tabernacle with ironwork under the plaque, also known as a contribution box. The poorhouse was already a medical institution in 1793. Since 1837, based on the edict of the Catholic Council, the infirmary was renamed to “Roman-Catholic” and only served for Catholics.