Wooden churches

03. Inovce

The wooden Greek Catholic church of St. Michael the Archangel, 1836, NKP

    The church in Inovce is one of the smallest wooden churches in Eastern Slovakia. It was built in 1836 and dedicated to the St. Michael the Archangel. Because of the small tower of the church there was a need to build separate belfry. The belfry is plain, in the upper part columned construction, covered with shingle.
    According to the ground-plan this church is divided in three spaces, built on low foundation. Curiosity of the church is its peak - style ending of the sanctuary, greater nave and smaller narthex. The whole construction is covered with shingle roof. This double towered church has its main tower over the narthex and smaller one over the sanctuary. Both towers are finished by onion domes with three - barred metal crosses. The entrance to the church leads to the narthex and then to the greater nave.
    Because of the lack of room in the church there is an incomplete iconostasis, which is missing the row of prophets and Crucifixion. Besides that all the icons are influenced by western paintings, so it is hard to speak about traditional icons. Other atypical curiosity of this iconostasis is the fact, that due to the lack of space are here present only one deaconal doors. First row of icons contains St. Nicholas, Theotokos, Christ the Teacher and patron icon of St. Michael the Archangel. Deaconal doors are not set. The royal doors have medallions of Annunciation and four Evangelists. Inthe second row the cycle is not following the church year. Third apostolic row has Christ the HighPriest in the middle. This row is also the end of the iconostasis. The church was partially renovatedin 90's of the 20th century.
    Belfry has simple, in the upper part columned structure. It is covered with shingles.

Contact:
Obecný úrad Inovce
tel.: 056/658 25 14