Bodice – St Ladislaus’ Church


   The church was most probably built in the years 1360-1380. Its founder could be a powerful Upper-Hungarian magnate of the first half of the fourteenth century, Zvolen zupan, Doncz. In the eighteenth century, a choir was built in the nave, and major reconstructions took place in the nineteenth century. In 1854, a tower was added, which was transformed in the year 1890 in the neo-gothic style. In the same year, most of the temple equipment was replaced.


   The church was built in the Gothic style, made of stone, orientated, with a single nave. The nave received two bays covered with a cross-rib vault, passing into the same high and wide, single-bay chancel, closed on three sides in the east. On the bosses of the nave’s vault there are reliefs depicting a burning arrow, probably the founder’s mark. The lack of a chancel arch, which distinguished the priestly part from that intended for lay people, is noteworthy. The nave and the presbytery were covered with a common gable roof, and the external elevations were surrounded with prominent buttresses. Tall and very narrow windows were pierced between them. A gothic sacristy was added to the north.

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