In historical records the village was first mentioned in 1280 when it belonged to Ruszkay lords of Abov County. In 1322 it was bought by the castle lord Thomas from Spiš County, who originated the noble family Semsey (“of Šemša”). in 1324 a sector of the village (known as Ižipova Šemša) newly belonged to Ruszkay family. From 1938 to 1945 it was annexed by Hungary.
The commune lies at an altitude of 330 metres and covers an area of 17.168 km². It has a population of 730 people