Rybník nad Turcom – Holy Cross church


The church was first mentioned in 1266 along with the adjoining settlement of Sancta Crux (Holy Cross). In the second half of the 14th century, the interior of the church was decorated with wall paintings. Their author was probably the student of the master from Koceľovec. In subsequent centuries, the building was modernized in the renaissance style and then in the baroque style, but these were only minor interventions that did not interfere with the gothic character of the building. In 1747, a thunderbolt hit the temple and caused a fire. In 1750 the church was restored and also received new equipment. In 1908 it was closed and then renovated in 1922. Due to the small number of congregation in the village, the church ceased to be used for liturgical purposes about 40 years ago. In order to save it from destruction, the initiative was initiated on the website www.evanjelik.sk and a complete renovation of the building began in 2008.


The church is an early gothic structure, one nave with a square chancel and a sacristy on the north side. On the eastern wall of the chancel and the sacristy there are original early gothic windows, their width resembles romanesque windows. In the southern wall of the nave, the gothic pointed portal has been preserved, and the next one leads from the chancel to the sacristy. In the chancel there are valuable gothic frescoes from the 14th century.

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