Stará Halič – St George’s church

History

The church was erected in the second half of the thirteenth century on the initiative of Dionysius, the founder of the Lossoncze family. He was a Hungarian palatine, which can explain the rich decor of the building, unusual for rural churches. Around 1350, master Thomas, one of the descendants of Dionysus, began a gothic reconstruction of the church, which received, among others a new, polygonal chancel with an early gothic shape. In the 14th and 15th centuries, the interior of the church was decorated with wall paintings. Perhaps in 1524 there was a renaissance – gothic rebuilding. During the Turkish invasions, the church was apparently burnt, which is why in the seventies of the seventeenth century it received a new roof. A wooden belfry was built next to the church, an example of rural architecture under the influence of the renaissance. In the 1950s, the church was faultyly corrected. The façades received a non-original color, and the shingle roof was replaced with a tile roof. Later, in the sixties, the original look was restored.

Architecture

Originally, the church consisted of a rectangular nave, a simple chancel and a sacristy on the north side. In the fourteenth century, a new polygonal chancel with narrow and tall windows was created. During this reconstruction, the nave was extended to the east, and in its western part a brick matroneum was built. The narrow windows of the chancel are relatively unusual in the period of the developed gothic, around the mid-fourteenth century. In the sacristy, a rib vault was used, the nave originally had a flat ceiling. Inside the church you can see polychromies from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

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bibliography:
Website apsida.sk, Stará Halič.
Website wikipedia.org, Kostol svätého Juraja (Stará Halič).