Koceľovce – St Bartholomew’s church

History

The church was probably founded in the first quarter of the 14th century. At that time it was probably a single-nave construction with a polygonal chancel, which in the second half of the fourteenth century was expanded. The interior of the church was richly decorated with valuable frescoes in the years 1360 – 1380. During the Reformation, the building was taken over by Protestants who used it until 1736, in the meantime covering the entire interior with white paint and raising a gallery in the nave. The last major reconstruction of the church took place in 1819, when the flat ceiling of the nave was transformed and the porch was added. Unfortunately, also the original windows were transformed into larger and styleless. In the years 1894-1895 in the chancel István Groh discovered frescoes, which then restored. The roof of the tower gained its present appearance at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1976, further works were carried out, during which further frescoes were discovered in the church’s nave.

Architecture

The original church was an orientated, one nave building with a polygonal chancel. Probably already in the fourteenth century, there was a tower with a relatively rare, square plan going into a polygon. The walls of the church were probably raised, as evidenced by the extremely low positioning of gothic windows in the chancel. From the north, the medieval sacristy adheres to the presbytery. The original wrought iron doors from the 14th century lead to it. In addition, the church has three gothic portals, the main on the south side of the nave, smaller in the sacristy and another on the ground floor of the tower. The greatest treasure of the church are preserved medieval frescoes from the fourteenth century, from the original equipment also preserved a stone baptismal font.

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Website apsida.sk, Koceľovce.