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wooden churches of slovakia

April 8

In honour of Easter and this high Catholic holiday, I thought I’d share some photos of divinely beautiful wooden churches from Slovakia. Mostly constructed between the 17th and 19th these beautiful structures were built of wood, many without nails, both reflecting the fragility of the times and the dedication and faith in God, often the only and last hope. These places of worship of the Roman and Greek Catholic, Evangelical, and Orthodox faiths are found across Slovakia with the majority built in eastern part of the country where Catholics of the eastern rite settled. So important are the wooden churches of the Slovak part of Carpathian Mountain Area, they were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2008, underscoring the importance of these examples of monastic architecture that embody simplicity and truth.

Greek Catholic church of St. Michael the Archangel, 1742 – Ladomirová.

Greek Catholic church of St. Michael the Archangel, 1752 – Šemetkovce.

Greek Catholic church of St. Nicholas, 1658 – Bodružal.

Wooden Evangelical church, 1717 – Kežmarok.

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  1. April 8 7:50 am

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos of churches in Slovakia. Each time I visit a new country, as a Catholic, I always look for the nearest church by my hotel. But sometimes, especially in Europe, I am likely to visit a church more than just the customary ritual or church service but also to wonder in awe about its history, aesthetics and architectural beauty.

  2. April 9 8:20 am

    These are beautiful. Whenever I see a building of that era I wonder about the lives of the people who then used it. We see it with 21st century eyes. How did they see it?

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