Wooden church Mikulášová - Open air museum - Bardejov

Region: Region Prešov (Prešovský kraj)
District: Bardejov
City / Municipality: Bardejov, City part / Municipality part:Bardejovské Kúpele
Tourist location: Šariš - tourist region
Lies by the river: Topľa
Latitude: 49° 19' 47.59932" / 49.3298887
Longitude: 21° 16' 0.57468000017275" / 21.266826300000048
Included in categories: Wooden churches
Church Mikulášová Greek-Catholic wooden Church of the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God, built in 1730, was originally located in the village of Mikulášová. A municipality of Mikulášová was first mentioned in historical documents in the year 1414. In fact it dates back even further, probably to the second half of the 14th century. In the 16th century, the village was a part of the Makovica manor, but at the beginning of the 17th century, the historical records proved its origin as a Ruthenian village of the manor. Until the year 1948, the official name of the village was Niklova.

The interior of the Wooden Church from Mikulášová, the iconostasis and other individual icons are dated back to the first half of the 18th century, when the church was built. Most of them (The Pieta, altar-piece The Protection of the Holy Virgin from 1734, The Apostolic Row of the Iconostasis) are significant evidence of transformation of the Carpathian icon's character, influenced by local ethnic and religious circumstances, at the cultural East-West boundary.

Until the year 1926, the church was in service to Greek-Catholic Church and to the public. The inhabitants of the village had started to build a new church right next to the old one. From that time the wooden church was abandoned and started to deteriorate.

The wooden church itself, after the warnings of the conservation specialists, was in 1931 relocated to Bardejov Spa - it is a part of the exhibition of Šariš museum - Museum of Folk Architecture in city of Bardejov.  The church was renovated in year 2005.

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