The wooden articled Evangelical church in Leštiny was built 1688 with wooden belfry. The lavishly painted interior decoration of the church is from the 17th and 18th centuries. Visitors are attracted especially by the main altar from the beginning of the 18th century, church pews with coats of arms, Renaissance baptistery of the 17thcentury, a copy of the burial flag of J. Zmeškal, and an epitaph of M. Meška of 1753.

It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area.

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Janet` said 3 years ago
I lived in Slovakia for a year and became friends with the organist/teacher and attended Sunday services here. The inside was painted with lots of stripes--blue, red and white. One of my students lived in the shadow of the castle in Oravsky Podzamok, a really cool castle. One of the turrets was actually a toilet. And, there was -- honestly -- a large painting, that when you pushed it aside, revealed a hole in the wall that took you the back of the chapel, where the priest would enter for services.


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Founded: 1688
Category: Religious sites in Slovakia

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Tilly Simon (5 months ago)
I would rate it 3 1/2 if I could. The fact that it looks great from the outside, that it is recognised by UNESCO/unique, and that there’s a quiet cemetery pretty much all around make for a nice atmosphere. BUT the graves are not all in a great condition, you need to call in advance for even getting in, and a landfill about 70 metera further are minuses you should be aware about. I recommend walking up the nearby hill after - a nice little tourism with a view of the village in just a few minutes. Walk the cemeteries too, pretty lizards and friendly cats around.
miro krsjak (5 months ago)
Great place and guide.
4K Side - Creo Tutorials (6 months ago)
So nice place to take your friends and family there.
Stenly Shimanski (6 months ago)
Very interesting, need to call in advance.
Klemen Burja (2 years ago)
Interesting from outside but closed to see the interior.
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