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Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians

Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area: There are more than forty wooden churches in Slovakia dating from the 15th to the 18th century. Eight of the rarest wooden churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain area gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage: the articled Evangelical church of Hronsek, the articled Evangelical Church of the Holy Trinity in Kežmarok, the articled Evangelical Church of Leštiny, the Eastern Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas in Bodružal, the Eastern Orthodox Church of Archangel Michael in Ladomirová, the Eastern Orthodox Church of the relics of St. Nicholas in Ruska Bystrá, the Roman Catholic Church of Francis of Assisi in Hervartov, the Roman Catholic All Saints Church in Tvrdošín. The churches were solely built of wood without the use of nails but joined by notching and reinforced with wooden spikes. The wooden churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain area are masterpieces of arts, crafts and wood cutting. The interior of the churches is adorned with wood carvings and colourful paintings. Similar wooden churches were built in Poland and Romania. The Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area are among the oldest wooden churches in Europe, only the stave churches in Norway are older. The Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2008.

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Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians - The Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area are also known as the Wooden Churches of Southern Małopolska. The 15th...

The Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area are also known as the Wooden Churches of Southern Małopolska. The 15th century Church of Francis of Assisi in Hervartov is the oldest wooden church in Slovakia. It is also one of the best preserved wooden churches in the country. The Church of  Francis of Assisi in Hervartov along with seven other wooden churches in Slovakia were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2008.

  1. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians - The Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area are also known as the Wooden Churches of Southern Małopolska. The 15th...

    The Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area are also known as the Wooden Churches of Southern Małopolska. The 15th century Church of Francis of Assisi in Hervartov is the oldest wooden church in Slovakia. It is also one of the best preserved wooden churches in the country. The Church of  Francis of Assisi in Hervartov along with seven other wooden churches in Slovakia were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2008.

  2. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians - Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area: The 15th century Roman Catholic wooden Church of Francis of Assisi...

    Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area: The 15th century Roman Catholic wooden Church of Francis of Assisi in Hervartov. The chancel is adorned with a painting of the Last Supper, dating from 1653. Nowadays, the Gothic altar panel from 1524 is housed in the Bardejov Museum. The Church of Francis of Assisi is built from pine, the roof is covered with wood shingles.

  3. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians - Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area: The wooden dome of the Church of Francis of Assisi in Hervartov. The...

    Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area: The wooden dome of the Church of Francis of Assisi in Hervartov. The Roman Catholic Church of Francis of Assisi was solely built of wood, without the use of nails but joined by notching and reinforced with wooden spikes. The Church of Francis of Assisi in Hervartov is the oldest wooden church in Slovakia and one of the best preserved wooden churches in the Slovak part of Carpathians.

  4. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians - Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area: The Roman Catholic Church of Francis of Assisi in Hervartov. The interior...

    Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area: The Roman Catholic Church of Francis of Assisi in Hervartov. The interior of the wooden churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathians is decorated with wood carvings and colourful paintings. The most valuable parts of the interior are the Gothic wall paintings. The wall paintings of the wooden church of Francis of Assisi in Hervartov were made in 1650, 1655 and 1805.

  5. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians - Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area: One of the religious wall paintings in the Roman Catholic wooden Church...

    Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area: One of the religious wall paintings in the Roman Catholic wooden Church of Francis of Assisi in Hervartov. The paintings of the nave were created in 1665. Hervartov is a small village in the Prešov region in north-east Slovakia. The Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountains are known for the rich local traditions of religious architecture.

  6. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians - Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area: The articled Evangelical wooden Church of Hronsek was built in 1726. The...

    Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area: The articled Evangelical wooden Church of Hronsek was built in 1726. The church was built of red spruce and oak. The wooden church of Hronsek is the only wooden church in Slovakia with elements of Scandinavian architecture. The wooden Church of Hronsek is surrounded by century-old lime trees. The trees were planted during the construction of the church.

  7. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians - Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain area: The free standing small wooden bell tower of the wooden Church of Hronsek...

    Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain area: The free standing small wooden bell tower of the wooden Church of Hronsek was built in 1726, at the same time as the church. At that time, it was not allowed for non-Catholic churches to have a bell tower, therefore the bell tower was built separately. The Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2008.

  8. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians - Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain area: The articled Evangelical Church of the Holy Trinity in Kežmarok was built in...

    Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain area: The articled Evangelical Church of the Holy Trinity in Kežmarok was built in 1717. The church was built of yew and red spruce wood, without using nails or any other metal fasteners, the decoration of the interior started in 1717 and continued for several decades. The paintings depict a cloudy blue heaven on the ceiling and the twelve apostles, the four evangelists and the Holy Trinity above the altar.

  9. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians - Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain area: The articled Evangelical Church of the Holy Trinity in Kežmarok. The church in...

    Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain area: The articled Evangelical Church of the Holy Trinity in Kežmarok. The church in Kežmarok has a most fascinating interior. The exceptional wall paintings and wood carvings are considered to be the most beautiful of the last five remaining articled Evangelical wooden churches in Slovakia. Quite remarkable is the organ with wooden pipes and the massive wooden altar.

  10. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians - The Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountains: The articled Evangelical Church of Leštiny. The wooden...

    The Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountains: The articled Evangelical Church of Leštiny. The wooden Church of Leštiny was built in 1688. The interior of the church is decorated with 14th century wood carvings. The painted decorations of the church date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The Renaissance baptismal font and the church pews with coats of arms date back to the 17th century and the Baroque main altar dates from the 18th century.

  11. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians - The Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountains: The articled Evangelical Church in the tiny village...

    The Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountains: The articled Evangelical Church in the tiny village of Leštiny was built in 1688, the church was designed in the form of a Greek cross. The richly decorated sacristy, the painted wall and ceiling decorations of the church of Leštiny were created in the 17th and 18th centuries. The wooden churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountains are representative of the religious architecture in Slovakia.

  12. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians - The Roman Catholic All Saints Church in Tvrdošín was built in the 15th century. The church was rebuilt around 1560. The...

    The Roman Catholic All Saints Church in Tvrdošín was built in the 15th century. The church was rebuilt around 1560. The Gothic wooden church was redecorated into the Renaissance style in 1653-1655. The church has a 17th centuty Baroque altar. The paintings on the ceiling depict a starry heaven. The wooden Church of Tvrdošín is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area.