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St Nicolas orthodox church, Bodružal

St Nicolas orthodox church located in a picturesque village Bodružal, one of the oldest and best preserved wooden temples in Slovakia is famous for valuable wall paintings from the end of the 18th century. The monument is present on the UNESCO World Heritage List. read more

St. Nicolas orthodox church from a three-part building with richly decorated roof shingles and three towers, was erected in 1658.

The historic building, which constitutes a part of a unique sacral complex, is located at a hill in the centre of Bodružal village in Svidnik poviat. A separate bell tower, adjacent cemetery, a wooden fence and an entrance gate covered with a conical roof also belong to the complex.

The body is characterized by the style typical to the byzantine sacred architecture. Tourists are often impressed by the three towers which represent The Holy Trinity. There are bells in the highest one. At the beginning of the World War I, the biggest and the smallest bell, were requisitioned for army purposes, but in the second half of the '20s, the village citizens financed their reconstruction. On the oldest bell that survived one can see a date 1759.

The baroque interior is predominantly white and gold. On the northern wall of the aisle before the iconostasis there is a precious, renovated polychrome from the second half of the 18th century, presenting the Apocalypse (the Last Judgment) and the Crucifixion.

In the 1990s the church was completely renovated. Since 2008 St Nicolas orthodox church and other wooden churches have been present on UNESCO World Heritage List as “Wooden churches in Slovakian Carpathians”.

Local attractions: St Archangel Michael church, St Archangel Michael orthodox church, Saint Paraskevi's orthodox church ,the Most Holy Mother’s Protection orthodox church, St. Basil’s the Great orthodox church, St. Francis of Assisi church.

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