Markušovce – St Michael’s Church


The church was built after 1260. The first written mention of it comes from 1280. In the second half of the fifteenth century, the building underwent a large, gothic reconstruction. In 1773 it was damaged by a fire that hit the original western tower. During the next reconstruction, tower was replaced by a baroque one. Further masonry repairs were carried out in 1818. A new fire destroyed the building in 1882, which again required the renovation of the tower in 1891. At the beginning of the 20th century, another lightning struck the temple, which had to be rebuilt in the neo-gothic style. The northern aisle was also extended then.


The church was erected on a hill next to the medieval castle. It was a one-nave construction, probably with a square chancel in the romanesque style. In the fifteenth century, the original chancel was replaced by the present polygonal. In the years 1486 and 1490 side chapels of St. Cosma and Damian, and in 1500 the southern chapel of St. Anne, were added.

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