Reformation in central Slovakia already had many sympathisers and devotees by the middle of 16th century. In particular, the influence of the neighbouring mining towns and the frequent contacts between German traders and craftsmen and local residents, helped them to disseminate and accept new reformation ideas. That is why it is unsurprising that by that time, Hronsek's aristocracy, and consequently their liege people as well, professed the Protestant's religion.

Though the Soprony assembly permitted the construction of the new church in Hronsek in 1681, churchgoers continued to meet for worship at the Renaissance Rothov's manor house for a long time. The foundation stone for a new church was laid on 23 October 1725, at the time when the number of churchgoers had increased and the ecclesiastical community was better off. Worshippers built this church within a year and a day and already, on 31 October 1726, the church was solemnly consecrated. As a fairly exceptional wood-framed building in Slovakia, it shows evidence of foreign architectural influence. Master builders remained anonymous. Probably they were called to Hronsek by eminent aristocrats from the community. It is possible that they came from Germany where the use of wooden framed construction was wide spread.

There are 1,100 chairs in this church. Its organ was fitted in 1764. Four bulky lime trees stand in its yard. Fine wooden belfry from 1726 stands nearby.



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Founded: 1725
Category: Religious sites in Slovakia


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Lucia Gregorova (2 years ago)
Beautiful old wooden evangelic church, Unesco site. The key keeper lives in the house beside the church and is very nice and helpful to all visitors. Old lady, that knows many interesting facts about the church and its history and surprisingly, speaks bit english and german :)
Pamela Slater (2 years ago)
A must see - one-of-a-kind experience.
Stuart L (2 years ago)
Take a bus from the bus station in Banska Bystrica direction Zvolen or a train. Get off in Hronsek. This church like other which are similar were build in 1725 These churches are Protestant churches and were build as a concession by the then Catholic King. The condition was that it had to be built from wood, contain no nails or metal, could not have a steeple with a bell, completed within one year, the entrance may not face the street. The places which were ground was to the Protestants were either on a hill making it very difficult to build and force the congregants to have to walk far up hill for a church service, the other were, like this church, next to a river, hoping that a flood would destroy the church building. If you g to Slovakia this is the one place you must visit. The structure is still sound and the inside will surprise you. Behind the church building is the Hronsek river, it is actually quite close. You will also see a huge tree outside the front of the building, the national tree of Slovakia, the Lipa. There are 4 Lipa trees of which 2 are as old as the church building. The church is 8 metres high, 26 metres long and 11 metres wide and seats 1100 congregants. The ceiling is te shape of the keel of a boat. Also interesting is that the building has 5 entrances.
Peter Vilhan (3 years ago)
Nice place, very historical. Beautiful art. Unfortunately tour is at set hours and only in Slovak. Local church keeper is a very nice lady tho.
ANNA PETROVA (3 years ago)
Amazing church. It is so different than any other. Obligatory to be visit inside. Unfortunately it is opened by old lady who speak only Slovak. You need to ring to the house next to a church and she will come to open it. There are hours for visit it but when we were there nobody come to open it. And thankfully to the old lady we visit it inside and it worth it! She speak slowly and we understand almoust everything.
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