Saint Francis Church

Hervartov, Slovakia

The earliest historical proof of existence of the Hervartov village is from the year 1340. The exact date when the wooden church was built is not known. According to the saved remains of the original Gothic altar, which was probably in place in the second half of the 15th century - the altars of St. Catherine, Virgin Mary and St. Barbara are from the years 1460-1480. This assumption is supported by the fact that the architecture and overall conception of the interior of Hervartov's wooden church, such as its stencilled geometric painting in the presbytery, may be associated to some extent with several churches on the Polish side of the Carpathian Mountains.

Saint Francis Church has a Gothic character as represented by its tall but narrow structure unusual for a wooden church. The floor is made of stones again unlike in most of wooden churches where it is usually made of wood.

Hervartov church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wooden churches of the Slovak Carpathians.

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Founded: c. 1480
Category: Religious sites in Slovakia

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Lucia Lencsesova (22 months ago)
Čo dodať, netušila som, že máme na Slovensku takúto nádheru. Skutočne treba vidieť. Na mieste je oznam, že kto má záujem nech kontaktuje uvedené tel.čísla. Urobili sme tak...(a to sme boli iba 2 osoby), prišla pani z obecného úradu, perfektne nás previedla po nádhernom kostolíku, povysvetlovala, všetko poukazovala... boli sme veľmi príjemne prekvapiný. Vrelo odporúčam. Jedným slovom - nádhera
Ján Ciriak (2 years ago)
Je to najstarší drevený kostol na územi Slovenska zapísaný v UNESCU.
Marek Kleman (2 years ago)
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Richard Medzihradský (2 years ago)
This church is one of few catholic wooden churches in Slovakia, which makes it quite unique, and its history is also rather beautiful. For non-slovaks: Don't worry, there is also english commentary. The church is in the centre of a picturesque village surrounded by various old-fashioned houses and few old trees, so it might take a while to find it.
Sue Ammann (2 years ago)
A moment in history.
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