Dražovce – church of Archangel Michael


   Romanesque church of St. Michael was founded at the beginning of the 12th century on the site of an iron age settlement and on the foundations of an earlier temple from the mid-eleventh century. In the twelfth or thirteenth century, it went under the administration of the Benedictine monastery. At that time, it was also added a western turret. At the end of the eighteenth century, and in the nineteenth and twentieth century, renovation works were carried out.


   The church is a small, romanesque building with a single-nave corpus, ended from the east by a semicircular apse and a tower rising from the western part of the nave, built on a steep hill above the village. From the west it borders on a cliff and on the east with an earth rampart; in the Middle Ages it was surrounded by a cemetery. It was erected from a unworked stone, tied in corners with larger blocks, while the matroneum and turret were built of bricks.
The only window openings in the nave are located in the south façade, two additional ones also illuminate the apse. The entrance portal has been transformed in the early modern period. Inside, the church has a gallery (matroneum), probably placed inside at a later stage, after the temple was built. This is confirmed by the uneven placement of pillars and only one wall-mounted pilaster. The western gallery, rising in the ground floor on three arcades, is covered with vault of domed form. On the first floor, it is separated from the nave with a full wall, made of three arcades.

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Tomaszewski A., Romańskie kościoły z emporami zachodnimi na obszarze Polski, Czech i Węgier, Wrocław 1974.

Wesite apsida.sk, Dražovce.