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The wooden church of St. Francis of Assisi in Hervatov was built around 1500. It is the only and the oldest Roman Catholic wooden church in gothic style of architecture in Slovakia. The church is made of red spruce and the foundation beams are of oak. and the roof is covered by wooden shingles. Interior of the church has been completely preserved however the original wooden paintings have been repainted in the reformation period around 1665.

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I did photograph the church few years ago and this time I wasn't allowed to take pictures without written authorization of the priest. He doesn't reside in Hervatov and I was told that he is now in a village located just over the hill. I went to look for him, but he was already gone. So I went to Richvald near by, the village where he lives. I was told by father Jozef Heske that the church is in need of some major emergency repairs as the main supporting beams are rotting away and need to be replaced. The parish isn't large and they simply can't afford it without some help. If you are able to help in saving this historic church by financial contribution, please mail international money order to:

Rimskokatolicka cirkev v Richvalde

Mgr. Jozef Heske, farar
Richvald 86
085 01 Bardejov

St. Francis of Assisi wooden church in Hervatov will be celebrating their 500th anniversary on May 19. in Hervartov starting at 10:30 AM. Vladimir Linder will have photo exhibit entitled: "Dreveny Kostol v Hervatove Wooden Church in Hervatov" Slovak Heritage Live IV, in the Historic City Hall in Bardejov and in the new Church of Sacred Hearth in Hervatov.

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Published in the Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 6, No. 3, Fall 1998
Copyright Vladimir Linder 1998
3804 Yale Street, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5C 1P6
The above article and photographs may not be copied, reproduced, republished, or redistributed by any means including electronic, without the express written permission of
Vladimir Linder. All rights reserved.