Strážky – St Anne’s church

History

The church was built in the second half, or perhaps at the end of the fifteenth century. At the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries, the porch was added, and then the interior was decorated with late-gothic wall paintings. At the end of the 16th century, after the Protestants took it over, the western entrance to the nave was walled up and the interior was filled with a wooden gallery. In the first half of the 17th century, a rectangular annex was added to the northern wall of the nave. It served as a morgue, and in the case of danger it also served as a defensive function, as evidenced by arrowslits. After minor adjustments in the 18th and 19th centuries, a major renovation was carried out in 1970. In 1986 studies of late-gothic wall paintings were carried out, their restoration took place in the early 90’s.

Architecture

The church was created as a small one-nave building with a polygonal chancel and a sacristy on the north side. In the late medieval period, a porch was added before the southern entrance. The structure of the church has been preserved practically in the original late gothic form. Together with wall paintings and interior decorations as well as rib vaults, this is a valuable example of late gothic art in Slovakia.

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bibliography:
Website apsida.sk, Spišská Belá-Strážky.