Krížová Ves – Holy Cross Church


   The church was built around 1300. It is mentioned in 1315, when the village belonged to the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. In the 14th century it was rebuilt, and further corrections were made in the fifteenth century. Most likely, at the end of the fourteenth century, the interior was decorated with paintings on the walls. They were restored and repainted in 1898 by Jozef Huszek, and later in 1938 by Jozef Hanul. In the 17th century, the wooden ceiling in the nave was replaced with a baroque vault.


   The church was erected in the Gothic style, as a typical small village building with a single nave, a narrower square chancel on the east, sacristy on the north side and a tower on the west side. The south side of the nave was dominated by an exceptionally ornate Gothic entrance portal. It received an ogival form with a trefoil clearance. Its stepps were filled with four shafts on each side, topped with capitals decorated with a leaf motif, on which a stepped archivolt was mounted. Medieval windows were pointed, two-light, filled with stone tracery, one of which had the rare shape of a quinquefoil clover. The interior of the single-bay chancel was crowned with a rib vault with corbels decorated by plants and human faces, and covered with medieval polychromes.

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