Church of the Holy Spirit / Kostel svatého Ducha – Žehra (North-East Slovakia); Waymarking


Slovakia – Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments

Unique late Romanesque Church of the Holy Spirit (Kostel svatého Ducha), built in 1245–1275, is a separate and distant part of UNESCO World heritage site “Levoca, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments”.

Village of Žehra hides one of the worlds most unique objects in the form of an enchanting late double-nave Romanesque church. Church, dedicated to the Holy Spirit, was built in 1245–1275. Only the Romanesque sanctuary vault remains from the original, single-nave church. The nave had a wooden, square-paneled ceiling, but it burned down during the second half of the 15th century. After the fire, another vault was constructed, supported by an octagonal pillar, and from that time the church has had a double nave. This architectonic peculiarity is typical of several churches in the Spiš region, and as such may be considered as being unique in the world.

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