Ancient Slovak religious arena?
Svaty Kriz Travel Blog› entry 13 of 23 › view all entries
I set the GPS and headed off to Svaty Kriz. This took me to some new meadows and mountain vistasâ€¦..incredible. It was a 45 minute drive that I made into over an hour with my slow tourist driving.
In the direction of the High Tatras, the sky was menacing but, beautiful. I could even see some of the higher peaks with a bit of leftover snow in some upper areas.
I had to stop for this one townâ€™s view. I didnâ€™t enter it as I was on the highway but, I did stop on the side and get out to look further. They have a wooden domed bell tower of amazing design. I have decided that this cross bred is Slovak Baroque and it was stunning. It is the tallest thing for many, many kilometers around.
I entered Svaty Kriz and drove around this tiny village for a ridiculous amount of time.
The road, turned rough path, leads you to a clearing in the woods. Itâ€™s really out thereâ€¦..because, Svaty Kriz is really out there and this is not even in town.
It stands on the border of the territories administered by SvĂ¤tĂ˝ KrĂĹľ and Lazisko. The ground plan of the church is in the shape of a 43 metre-long cross. The church takes almost 6,000 persons.
The wooden Baroque furniture together with the remarkable wooden Baroque altar from 1693 with the painting of Christ's Transformation were designed to inspire awe.
The two-storied choir emporia in the interior of the church are adorned by Biblical paintings and along with a big chandelier of Venetian glass they create a charming atmosphere. Part of the church is also an independently standing wooden tower serving as a belfry. It was added to the church later.
I enjoyed my walk around and took many pictures. The tower has interesting textures. It has a stone base, a red painted central section and a brown wood shingles in the shape of a dome at the top.
The door was locked.
They were watching some sort of film on itâ€™s history. I tried to get the attention of one of the ladies who opened the church. She looked me in the eye and then ignored me. I was going to pay her the 1 euro entrance fee â€¦â€¦but oh well. Pictures are not allowed so â€¦..sorry!
The inside is enormous, as expected. It is much more open that I expected, given itâ€™s age. Itâ€™s an architectural masterpiece. Around itâ€™s interior are panels painted, of people, saints, and scenes.
The altar is in the round and has a Slovak folksy look to the statues. They are much more interesting than the run of them mill that is usually found in churches. The Slovak sculptures have much more character.