Wooden Churches of Eastern Slovakia
Wooden Churches of Eastern Slovakia Bardejov Reviews
Amazing Wooden Churches of Eastern Slovakia Oct 03, 2014
These wooden churches, located on the border with Poland, are a must if you visit eastern Slovakia. Built without a single nail, they are of such cultural and architectural significance that many have been declared UNESCO world heritage sites.
The best way to see them is by hiring a guide and driver from the tourist information office in Bardejov. The price is a very reasonable ten euros for the first church and five euros for each subsequent one. The advantage of this is that you have an English speaking guide who will also ring ahead to request that the church is opened for viewing (they are locked apart from when services are being held)
Alternatively, you can see two of the churches (although not go inside) at the folk museum in Bardejovske Kupele, which is located about 3KM from Bardejov.
I visited Jedlinka and Hervartov churches.
The Roman Catholic church of St Francis of Assisi, dating from around 1500, is one of the oldest wooden churches in Slovakia. Its walls are adorned with gothic wall paintings of Adam and Eve and St George fighting the dragon. The alter, depicting the Virgin Mary, Saint Catherine and Saint Barbara dates from around 1470 and is extremely fine. This church is one of the most important of its kind in Slovakia and because of this has UNESCO status.
This Greek Orthodox church dates from 1763. It has a traditional three sectioned construction and shingle roof. Inside it has a typical, and well preserved iconostatsis (wall of icons) and the intricately carved ‘royal door’ is one of the most valuable in Slovakia.
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