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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Hervartov, Slovakia
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Founded: c. 1480
Category: Religious sites in Slovakia


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DarkGames sk (9 months ago)
Beautiful piece of UNESCO, the church is all wood without a single nail... Interior is extremely cool, and exterior arround church is Also great, there's a chapel od saint mother of god... Really worth visiting..
Frank _ (10 months ago)
Absolutely beautiful. 2 euro for entry. And (a bit weird but) an additional 3 euro’s to make pictures inside. Or you can do it sneaky like me.
Rastislav Wölcz (10 months ago)
Nice wooden church, even though we have seen it from outside only.
Bojan Miscevic (2 years ago)
Old wooden church the oldest in slovakia, traditional architecture
Martin Demsky (2 years ago)
A beautiful and peaceful place where you can admire craftsmanship of the locals as well as surrounding landscape. Definitely worth to visit. In order to get in you have to call the phone number displayed outside.
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