Evangelical Church at Štítnik


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June 14th 2008
Published: June 14th 2008
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The church is virtually untouched after 700 years.
Today Sylvia and I drove to the village of Stitnik to see one of the oldest remaining churches in the region. The church was built starting in the 1300's and unlike many others from the same period, the inside of the church has been largely untouched, including many of the original wall paintings, which date to the 1300s and were copied after Italian works. The church also houses the oldest remaining pipe organ in Slovakia, which is from the period and amazingly, still works. Each prominent family in the town had private boxes for services, and a place was saved high in the back balcony for villagers who had leprosy. We arrived in the afternoon and were just in time to see the church before it was to be used for a funeral. If we had arrived any later, it wouldnt have been possible to take pictures.


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Altar

Toward the front of the church.
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Wall Painting

Almost all of the wall paintings are original from the 14th century.
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Pipe Organ

Toward the back of the church is the oldest pipe organ left in Slovakia (very top). To the top-right of the picture is the place saved for those with leprosy.


18th June 2008

Wow
That church is amazing!

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