06 October 2017

#1411 Slovakia

Carpathian Wooden Churches is the name of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that consists of nine wooden religious buildings constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries in eight different locations in Slovakia. They include two Roman Catholic (HervartovTvrdošín), three Protestant (so-called Articular churches in HronsekLeštinyKežmarok) and three Greek Catholic churches (BodružalRuská BystráLadomirová) plus one belfry in Hronsek. In addition to these churches there are about 50 more wooden churches in the territory of present-day Slovakia mainly in the northern and eastern part of the Prešov Region.

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.

Date of Inscription on the List of UNESCO WHS: 2008

Thank you, Andrea !

Sent on: September 21, 2017
Received on: September 26, 2017

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