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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  • August 14, 2017
    The Slovakia has many small towns (often classified in Unesco) which has a rich heritage: this is the case of Kezmarok (beautiful city), who owns this beautiful wooden church in whose inside is very interesting, but or the photos are unfortunately prohibited!
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  • July 14, 2017
    Very beautiful. This is a very interesting architecture, typical for the sites. Inside you can watch without a problem.
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  • July 10, 2017
    Part of UNESCO. Interior paintings were marvelous. When you walk on the street this church does not attract your attention, so be careful don't miss it.  more »
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  • From the outside the Church is not so sensational. However, it is quite another when you come in. Here it is quite dark. Here you see really how old the Church is, where the small wooden chairs are very close. Here is the seating exploited to its maximum. Here you would have to, virtually, sit as "herring in the barrel". Inside the Church, it is not allowed to photograph.
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  • The wooden building. This type of history is very interesting. I recommend reading on the so-called. Churches artykularnych.
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  • Every man should experience at least once in concert at this point.
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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 a winter packages. Really good! I highly recommend!
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  • Really nicely. You may even think of the city without pictures. p ist
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