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Russian Bystra

Wooden church inscribed on the UNESCO list

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Russian Bystra
Inserted: 29.09.2020
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
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On the hill above the village of Ruská Bystrá is the easternmost Slovak church of all eight, which have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This wooden Greek Catholic Church of the Transfer of the Remains of St. Nicholas was built in 1730 and looks relatively modest on the outside, but the main one is hidden inside.

Wooden Greek Catholic church Transfer of the remains of St. Nicholas

The three-room log building located on a stone foundation has a floor plan of three consecutive squares – the church has a simple hip roof without decorations. The walls are not clad, but are protected by a protruding shingle roof. A bell tower is located above the entrance to the temple. The ceiling is unusually visually closed by planks.

Wooden Greek Catholic church Transfer of the remains of St. Nicholas
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Very valuable interior

The interior is dominated by a late Baroque iconostasis separating the sanctuary from the space for believers (ships). It is five-row with richly carved, polychrome and gilded architecture. Due to the small interior of the temple, the iconostasis extends to the side walls and even to the ceiling where the Calvary is located. The rarest icon shows the Crucifixion and is located in the sanctuary. The richly carved double-winged imperial door from the 17th century is also worth a visit

Very valuable interior
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

The church is still functional

The temple is still functional and usually hosts services and ceremonies. The photo shows the decoration for the ceremony of the first holy communion of young Christians from the village. A tour of the interior of this extraordinary church can be arranged by phone +421 908 362 286 or +421 917 377 833, or in houses no. 32 or 18.

The church is still functional
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
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