Saturday 5 June 2021

Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area

This site consists in 8 wooden churches and one belfry. I have three postcards but two are of the same church

Church of St. Francis if Assisi in Hervartov
This postcard was sent by Ania

The Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of Carpathian Mountain Area inscribed on the World Heritage List consist of two Roman Catholic, three Protestant and three Greek Orthodox churches built between the 16th and 18th centuries. The property presents good examples of a rich local tradition of religious architecture, marked by the meeting of Latin and Byzantine cultures. The edifices exhibit some typological variations in their floor plans, interior spaces and external appearance due to their respective religious practices. They bear testimony to the development of major architectural and artistic trends during the period of construction and to their interpretation and adaptation to a specific geographical and cultural context. Interiors are decorated with paintings on the walls and ceilings and other works of art that enrich the cultural significance of the properties. - in:

Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Hervartov
This postcard was sent by Malgosia

Roman Catholic wooden church of St. Francis of Assisi in Hervartov has a Gothic character as represented by its tall but narrow structure unusual for a wooden church. It was built in the second half of the 15th century and thus represents the oldest of its type in Slovakia. The floor is made of stones again unlike in most of wooden churches where it is usually made of wood. Rare wall paintings were added in 1665 during the reformation period and they depict, among others, Adam and Eve in the Eden or the struggle of St. George with the dragon. The main altar of Virgin Mary, St. Catherine of Alexandria, and St. Barbara was made between 1460 and 1470 and restored in the second half of the 20th century. - in: wikipedia

Wooden Articular Church in Kezmarok
This postcard was sent by Javier

The Wooden articular church in Kežmarok (SlovakDrevený artikulárny kostol v Kežmarku) is a wooden church in KežmarokSlovakia. The local Lutherans built it during a period of religious persecution, when they were allowed to erect only wooden churches. That is why even nails were made exclusively of wood. The construction was financially supported by Protestants from various countries, including Sweden and Denmark.
The only stone part of the church is its sacristy, originally built in 1593 as a pub outside the city walls. In the 17th century, the Roman Catholic dynasty of Habsburgs persecuted Protestantism in the Habsburg Monarchy, which included territory of present Slovakia at that time. The number of churches was limited to one in each free royal town, Kežmarok being one of them. The construction material had to be the cheapest possible (wood at that time) and a church had to be completed in 365 days. - in: wikipedia

The 9 wooden religious buildings (in red what I have):
  • Hervartov
  • Tvrdosin
  • Kezmarok
  • Lestiny
  • Hronsek (church)
  • Hronsek (belfry)
  • Bodruzal
  • Ladomirová
  • Ruská Bystrá

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