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Banská Štiavnica, kostol Sv.Kataríny /Church of St. Catherine

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Banská Štiavnica, kostol Sv.Kataríny /Church of St. Catherine

Neskorogotický kostol sv. Kataríny bol vysvätený v roku 1500. Má jednu loď zaklenutú neskorogotickou hviezdicovou klenbou, ktorá prechádza do presbytéria. Loď lemujú po oboch stranách bočné kaplnky. Pod kostolom sa nachádza krypta, do ktorej pochovávali richtárov a významných mešťanov. Slovenským sa tento kostol nazýva od r.1658, kedy sa v ňom začalo kázať po slovensky.

The lategothic Church of St. Catherine was built in 1491. Its only nave is topped by a star-shaped vaulting. The nave is lined by lowerside chapels. In front of the Church there is a crypt where mayors and important burghers are buried. Since 1658 the Church of St. Catherine hosted Slovak preachers and was called „The Slovak Church".

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