Wooden churches

13. Zboj (Bardejovské Kúpele)

The wooden Greek Catholic church of St. Nicholas, 1775

    The Greek Catholic wooden church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker is considered one of the most beautiful rustic wooden churches in the territory. It was built in 1775 (1766). During WWII was the village of Zboj in the middle of the hardest battles, and thus both, village and the wooden church were severely damaged. Even when the church was later restored, local people built in the meantime a brick church, and wooden church from Zboj was dismantled in 1967 and rebuilt again in Bardejovské Kúpele.
    The building consists of three parts, three spaces with three towers and three crosses. The church has rustic construction. The shelter and tower have pillar construction. The entrance is on the western side. Roofs, having shape of pyramids, are shingle-covered. The roof over the sanctuary has a round form. Above the main tower is a small roof instead of an onion dome, cone and simple three-bared cross. The endings above the nave and sanctuary are similar.
    In the church is one of the most beautiful and well preserved iconostasis from the 18th century. It has its architecture of four row architecture on four levels. Deaconal doors have no leaves; royal doors have two leaves. On the royal doors are six medallions with four Evangelists and two medallions with the Annunciation. The first row has four main icons: St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Theotokos (Hodigitria), Christ the Teacher and icon of Three Holy Hierarchs (St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the Theologian). The second row consists of icons of the feasts, with Last (Mystical) Supper in the middle. The third row of apostles has an icon of Christ the High Priest in the middle. The fourth row of prophets is displayed in twelve medallions, arranged in three half circles. Depicted at the top of the iconostasis is the scene from Calvary with the crucified Christ from the 17th century, with Theotokos and St. John the Evangelist on the sides, but atypically in reverse places.

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