Ochtiná – St Nicholas Church

History

Church of St. Nicholas was built at the turn of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. In the years 1340 – 1380 the chancel was rebuilt and new gothic windows were pierced. A rich fresco decoration was also made, very similar to the frescoes in the nearby church in Koceľovce. Another, significant expansion and enlargement took place in the second half of the fifteenth century. During the Reformation, the church was taken over by Evangelicals. Around 1635, they rebuilt the originally flat wooden ceiling, painted the medieval frescoes and transformed the windows of the nave. At the end of the 17th or the beginning of the 18th century, they added a gallery to the interior of the nave. In the second half of the eighteenth century, the tower received a wooden superstructure. The gothic frescoes were discovered in 1894 by I. Groh, who then renovated them in 1901-1907, unfortunately in a very unsatisfactory manner. Another intact frescoes were revealed in the 70s of the last century. In the years 1958-1959 the whole church was renovated.

Architecture

Originally, the building had the form of a single nave temple with a chancel on a square plan. In the second half of the fourteenth century, the chancel was transformed into a larger, gothic and polygonal ended, and topped with a rib vault. In the second half of the fifteenth century, on the northern side, an aisle was added with a stellar vault, connected with the main nave by two arcades. A tower was also built, in which romanesque windows were installed, probably from an older building, and on the north side of the chancel a square sacristy was created.

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Website apsida.sk, Ochtiná.