Liptovský Michal – St Michael’s Church


   The church was built in the second half of the 13th century. In written sources, it is mentioned for the first time in 1270. In the first half of the fourteenth century, a reconstruction took place, during which the original chancel was replaced by the current polygonal choir and the nave’s windows were transformed according to the new fashion. During the Reformation the church passed into the hands of Protestants who used it with breaks between 1575 and 1686. At that time, a matroneum was added to the interior of the temple. In the first half of the nineteenth century nave received a new flat ceiling. External elevations and windows have also been rebuilt. The reconstruction of the building was carried out in the years 1941 – 1942. At that time a southern porch was created.


   The church was built at the highest point of the settlement, as an early Gothic building consisting of a rectangular single nave, probably a four-sided chancel on the east and a square sacristy on the north side. Originally, the church was lit by small, splayed windows, interestingly in the sacristy, pierced not only from the east side, but more unusual also from the north and west.
   In the mature Gothic style, the chancel was rebuilt into a polygonal closed one, the same width as the nave, and reinforced with evenly spaced buttresses. At that time, the windows were also transformed from the original narrow, widely splayed outwards into much larger, ogival, two-light windows. During the Gothic period, two portals were also built: southern to the nave and northern to the sacristy.
   Inside, in the southern wall of the chancel, a sedilia was placed, and the ceiling was crowned with a cross-rib vault in the western bay and a six-section vault in the eastern closing. The nave was topped with a wooden barrel apparent vault, a rare solution in Liptov region.

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