ARTICULAR LUTHERAN A. V. CHURCH IN
wooden articular Lutheran A.V. Church is one of five Lutheran A.V.
wooden churches in Slovakia. The others being Hronsek,
Paludza (relocated to Svätý Kríž due
to the Liptovská Mara hydro electric dam), Istebné and Leštiny.
The only one I didn’t photographed yet is Leštiny.
It is from the time of religious persecutions of Lutherans that were
under the decision of the Šoproň assembly from year 1681
allowed to build their churches from their own resources, away from
the center of the town, without bell tower and without bells.
Materials allowed for construction were wood and no iron nails and
the construction of the church must have been completed in 365 days.
The first church in Kežmarok was built in 1687, but only a stone
christening well remains from 1690. The church was rebuilt in 1717,
as we know it today, all from wood, with wooden nails. The builder
was Juraj Muttermann from Poprad. The whole structure rests on side
foundations and four twisting columns to which in 1894 supporting
columns were added. 1465 seats accommodate the worshipers on the
mail floor and six choirs.
interior has fascinating paintings on wood and many woodcarvings.
The woodcarvings are creations of Ján Lerch from Kežmarok and the
paintings were painted by Mayer from Levoča and Kramer from Prešov.
Organ was made in 1717 by organ master Vavrinec Čajkovský and
Martin Korabinský from Spišská Nová Ves completed it in 1729.
Because of its perfect sound, numerous concerts are organized here
and several recordings were made in the church.
On the floor of the church are fragments of epitaphs from 17-19
centuries. One of the stone parts of the church is the sacristy.
This two-room building was constructed in 1593 and it was used as a pub.
After the construction of the church was finished, the pug was
closed and a school was opened in its place. In 1985 the church
was declared a National Cultural Monument.
from: Kežmarský Hrad, Nora Baráthová, Neografia, Martin 1989,
TO LUTHERAN CHURCHES
Published in the Slovak Heritage Live
newsletter Volume 9, No.1, Spring 2001
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