Žehňa – Evangelical church

History

The church was built around the middle of the 13th century, as evidenced by the combination of romanesque and gothic elements. The village itself is mentioned in written sources only in 1346. In the gothic period, the building underwent a slight modification, resulting in a portal on the south side of the nave and late gothic entrance to the sacristy from the chancel. During the Reformation it passed into the hands of Protestants, who then carried out a major reconstruction. In the 17th century, a massive low tower appeared, and the nave was vaulted. In the baroque period, the windows were also modified. The renovation of the church was completed in 1872. At the beginning of the 20th century, a concrete matroneum was built in the western part of the nave on an older, wooden site. Subsequent repairs took place in the first half of the fifties of the last century. The facade of the church was renewed in 1975.

Architecture

The original late-romanesque church was built as a single-nave building with a square chancel, a semicircular apse and a sacristy on the northern side. The building is an interesting example of a combination of romanesque and gothic style. A small nave with semi-circular apse and windows clearly refers to the romanesque style, and the square chancel with a rib vault is already a significant influence of gothic architecture. The rib vault was based on consoles, one of which was sculpted in the shape of a human head. On the south side of the nave is an early-gothic portal, also with a sculptured head, but today it is largely covered. A similar portal was probably located on the west side of the nave before the tower was erected. A late gothic portal from the 16th century leads to the sacristy.

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bibliography:
Website apsida.sk, Žehňa.