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Tour of Wooden Churches of the Carpathian Mountains - Slovak UNESCO Heritage

Tour of Wooden Churches of the Carpathian Mountains - Slovak UNESCO Heritage, Slovakia Travel, Location Specific samples of sacred architecture in Slovakia are the wooden churches. Their folk builders expressed the perfect harmony of the human soul with nature and the effort to disengage from earthly worries. Among the oldest are the Gothic wooden churches (for example Hervartov, Tvrdosin). The “articled” churches are other type of wooden churches (for instance Sv. Kriz, Lestiny, Kezmarok, Hronsek). The “articled” churches are those built under the article of the law issued by Emperor Leopold I at the end of the 17th century.
There is also a third type of wooden churches built in eastern Slovakia, mostly in the 18th century. First they were owned by the Greek Catholic denomination, later some of them were changed into Orthodox churches. The special features of the East Christian rite are reflected in their interior decoration and furniture where the unique Carpathian icons dominate. They are normally fitted into iconostases ornamented in the Baroque and Rococo styles.

Wooden churches of the Slovak part of Carpathian Mountain Area, which were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2008, possess an extraordinary worldwide value. The churches include: Roman Catholic churches inHervartov and Tvrdosin, Evangelical articular churches in Kezmarok, Lestiny and Hronsek, and churches of Eastern rite in Bodruzal, Ladomirova and Ruska Bystra.
While discovering Wooden churches of the Slovak part of Carpathian Mountain Area we will visit many interesting places which are on the way of this tour- Open air museum of folk architecture in Vlkolinec, Orava Castle, Museum of Orava village in Zuberec, towns Kezmarok, Bradejov and Kosice.

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Highlights of the trip:

Bardejov medieval main square Bardejov UNESCO World Heritage - free royal town with many medieval buildings, noteworthy Town Hall and basilica - The main square is surrouned by well-preserved Gothic and Renaissance burgher houses and fortification system from the 14th and 15th century. Known also as the "Most Gothic town in Slovakia".

Kosice St Elisabeth Cathedral - the largest church in Slovakia - The dominant of the square and the town of Kosice is the monumental Gothic St Elisabeth Cathedral. Besides of beeing the largest cathedral in Slovakia it is also the easternmost situated Gothic cathedral of western type in Europe.

The Articled Protestant Church in Hronsek UNESCO heritage The Articled Protestant Church in Hronsek UNESCO heritage - Wooden church in Hronsek is a precious historical monument, together with a wooden belfry from 1726. The oak pillars are decorated with carved header Ionian ornaments. It has a shingle roof with three crosses and a rooster, as a Christian symbol of vigilance.

Articled Protestant Church in Lestiny UNESCO heritage The Articled Protestant Church in Lestiny - UNESCO World Heritage - National Cultural Monument - a wooden articled church originated from 1688. The church interior is decorated with a Baroque altar with polychrome woodcuts from the 14th century.

The Articled  Protestant Church of Holy Trinity in Kezmarok UNESCO heritage The Articled Protestant Church of Holy Trinity in Kezmarok UNESCO heritage - built in Baroque style - Wooden articled church built in 1717 without using metal nails. The church interior is charming, decorated with frescoes and woodcarving. Most fascinating subject is a massive wooden altar.

The Church of All Saints in Tvrdosin UNESCO heritage The Church of All Saints in Tvrdosin - UNESCO World Heritage - Roman Catholic wooden church in village Tvrdosin is the restoration of Renaissance church from 17th century.

The Church of Archangel Michael in Ladomirova UNESCO heritage The Church of Archangel Michael in Ladomirova - UNESCO World Heritage - The cgurch was built in 1742, towers and cupolas of the sanctuary stage are completed with poppy-headed shapes with a forged cross.

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Hervartov UNESCO heritage The Church of St Francis of Assisi in Hervartov UNESCO heritage - The Roman Catholic church in the Slovakian village of German origin is from the late 15th century, represents the oldest type of Slovakia. The main altar originates from the years 1460 - 1470.

The Church of St Nicholas in Bodruzal UNESCO heritage The Church of St Nicholas in Bodruzal - UNESCO World Heritage - The wooden Greek Catholic church built in 1658 is a construction of the Carpathian type layout with shingle roof and three towers. The Baroque interior is prevalent with white - gold decorations.

The Church of St Nicholas in Ruska Bystra UNESCO heritage The Church of St Nicholas in Ruska Bystra UNESCO heritage - The Greek Catholic church is from the beginning of 18th century. Wooden log house structure consisting of altar room, the ship and undertower. The altar room has polygonal shape.

Zuberec Orava Village Zuberec - village in northwest Slovakia and a popular tourist center - The Museum of Orava Village is located in Zuberec. This open-air museum of folk architecture exhibits intact rural houses. The interior of the buildings hosts an ethnographic collection. The Gothic wooden church originates from 15th century.