ŽEHRA - CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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ENTRANCE FEE

Type

Price

Adults, Seniors

1,70 €

Students

1,00 €

Primary school students

0,50 €

OPERATING TIME

Month

Day

Hour

January – December

Monday – Friday

10.00-16.00 hrs

Saturday

14.00-17.00 hrs

Sunday

closed

CONTACT

Roman Catholic parish office in Žehra

Anna Orlovská

Žehra č. 80

053 61 Žehra

phone: +421 53 448 50 27

e-mail: rbodziony@gmail.com

web: http://www.zehra.tym.sk/

 

The Church has been preserved in its almost intact medieval form for centuries.


 

An eye-catching white gem protrudes over the roofs of houses in the village of Žehra, hiding in its bowels the treasures of history. The tower of the little ancient church of the 13th century is roofed by a wooden dome of a non-traditional bulbous shape. Thanks to the first written mention of this building in the year 1245, we also learn of the existence of the village itself. 

By adding the pillar in the interior, two naves emerged, which is considered a unique trait in the world.

Over the centuries, the church was modified several times up to its present-day shape. Architecturally, the late Romanesque and early Gothic styles blend together in this building, and the interesting thing is that the Church of the Holy Spirit has been preserved to this day in an almost intact medieval form. In the church nave, the wooden cassette ceiling had existed at first, but centuries ago it burned out. After the fire, an interesting intervention was made, which completely changed the character of the interior – by adding a supporting octagonal pillar of the vault in the middle of the church, two naves were created. This architectural peculiarity is typical for several churches in the Spiš area and may be regarded unique in the world. 

Žehra - Church of The Holy Spirit

The oldest object in the church is a currently no longer used stone baptismal font from the Late Romanesque 13th century, situated next to the altar. The church is unique for its rare medieval murals from the five periods from the end of 13th until the 15th centuries. The most famous scene is the tree of life. The parish church, which in the cross section of history served both Catholics and Lutherans, is fortified with 93 steps of travertine leading up to it.

The village of Žehra is one of the stops on the Gothic pathway, the first thematic fact-finding tour in Slovakia. The village belongs among the oldest settlements of the Spiš region, as evidenced by many finds from ancient prehistory, such as the remains of the Neanderthal man. Through travertine extraction on the nearby travertine heap of Dreveník, the archaeologists of today still uncover paleontological finds, among them the fossilized bones of the long extinct species of animals, such as mammoths.

In the cadastre of the village of Žehra, two monuments of global importance may be found. Alongside with the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Spiš Castle is also part of the entry on the UNESCO List of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

Interier of the church in Žehra

Famous wall paintings

UNESCO label

 

 

Church of The Holy Spirit

 

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