Banská Štiavnica – St Catherine’s Church


Late gothic church of St. Catherine was built in the years 1488-1491. Until 1500, works on the decor of the church were underway, then it was also consecrated. In the years 1580 – 1672 it was used by Evangelicals. In 1658, masses in Slovak began to be celebrated in it, therefore the name of the “Slovak church” clung to the temple. At the end of the 19th century, the building was regothisated.


The church is a single-nave building with a stellar vault and a number of chapels on the sides of the nave. The nave opens in chapels direction with ogival arcades. The chapels were topped with net vaults of different compositions. Due to the unstable, sloping ground above the tunnels drilled beneath the Holy Trinity Square, it was not possible to place an overly extensive system of pillars and arches, therefore the function of relieving the walls of the only nave, partly took over the surrounding side chapels. The towers were also given up, and the only accent outside the block is the circular staircase, built into the annexe, and the ridge turret on the gable roof.

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Website, Kostol svätej Kataríny (Banská Štiavnica).