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Wooden articular church in Kežmarok, Kezmarok
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The Wooden articular church in Kežmarok is a wooden church in Kežmarok, Slovakia. The local Lutherans built it during a period of religious persecution, when they were allowed to erect only wooden churches. That is why even nails were made exclusively of wood. The construction was financially supported by Protestants from various countries, including Sweden and Denmark.The only stone part of the church is its sacristy, originally built in 1593 as a pub outside the city walls. In the 17th century, the Roman Catholic dynasty of Habsburgs persecuted Protestantism in the Habsburg Monarchy, which included territory of present Slovakia at that time. The number of churches was limited to one in each free royal town, Kežmarok being one of them. The construction material had to be the cheapest possible (wood at that time) and a church had to be completed in 365 days. Furthermore, the site of a new Protestant church had to be chosen by a royal commission. In Kežmarok, a royal commission deliberately chose an ancient pub as a place of worship, in order to humiliate the local Protestant community. The pub was subsequently incorporated into a hastily constructed religious building as a sacristy.The oldest parts are an epitaph from 1688 and a Renaissance baptistery from 1690. They are the only remaining parts of the first church. The second wooden church, erected in the Baroque style in 1717, completely replaced the first building. It has the shape of an equal-armed Greek cross. The space can accommodate 1,541 worshipers. According to a legend, circular windows were made by Swedish sailors contributing to the construction. The organ, completed in 1729, is known for its perfect sound despite having only wooden pipes.
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  • Church in the town of Kežmarok is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was built in the 17th century during the reign of religious persecution by the Austrian authorities of local Lutherans. For this reason, it could be built only if five conditions: use only wood, do not use metal (including nails) does not have a tower reside outside the city walls, to be completed within one year. To date, the Church has been partially implemented in stone. Therefore, is not so impressive as other such buildings in Slovakia, for example, Gronseke and Gervartove. Interesting is also the fact that the Austrian authorities have given permission to build a church on the site of the pub than wanted to humiliate the Lutherans.
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  • This is our second visit, we returned to enjoy it one more time as our first visit was cut short due to closing and the no photo rule. This time we enjoyed the splendour of this church without being r...  more »
  • The Church is located between the Protestant Lyceum are situated and the new ev. of the Church. This wooden temple together with the Temple in Hronseku one of the finest churches at all. A man had to go through the Evangelical residents today amazes once (the Church had to be built without the use of the nail and in the course of one year, he was not allowed to have a tower, entrance has been the street etc.). From the outside, so it does not look, but the Interior is gorgeous and amazing. Definitely worth it to support a good cause.
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  • I have no words, beautiful! NATO is that it was built without a single nail. Painted like a fairy tale, which was filmed here. It was Perinbaba. Really good! I highly recommend!
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  • I recommend you to visit a unique keepsake.
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  • Beautiful church, would be a shame to miss out!
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  • Is everything very nice.
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