Gothic route in Gemer-Malohont
Transport yourself back to the times of the arch and frescoes. The first thematic and cultural tourist route in Slovakia will take you through the rarest cultural and historical monuments of the Gemer area. It also extends into the Spiš region, with part of which it forms a circuit with a total length of 276 km. In addition to castle complexes and mansions, you can also get to know ancient village churches on the route. 23 churches with medieval wall paintings by Italian fresco painters and masters trained by them are still registered in the Gemer-Malohont area, which has long since included this area in the context of advanced Central European culture.
On the Gemer, the Gothic route also includes churches in Ochtiná, Koceľovce, the majestic Evangelical church in Štítnik, but also picturesque churches in Kyjatice, Kraskovo, Rákoš, the Roman Catholic church with the altar of Master Paul of Levoča in Chyžné, the unique Rotunda in Šivetice and many others . This is only a fraction of the Gothic wealth of the still undiscovered Gemer. Come and discover it!
Gothic church in Štítnik
The Gothic evangelical church in Štítnik is a pearl among Gemer churches. The interior of the church hides great artistic wealth. Around 200 m² of frescoes represent the largest preserved example of medieval wall painting in Slovakia.
Evangelical church in Ochtiná
The frescoes of the Ochtiná church also depict non-traditional motifs, such as the Apocalyptic beast or the depiction of St. Trinity in the form of a head with three faces. Their author was given the epithet Master of the Presbytery of Ochtiná.
Rotunda of Šivetice
With an inner diameter of 11 meters, the Rotunda of St. Margaret of Antioch is the largest Romanesque rotunda of its kind in Slovakia and throughout Central Europe. Like many Gemer Gothic buildings, the interior of the rotunda is decorated with rare frescoes.
Evangelical church in Koceľovce
The Koceľovce paintings represent the largest continuous painted area of its kind among all Gemer churches. The most remarkable frescoes include the scene of the Crucifixion and the Entombment, where the painter managed to masterfully depict the deep sorrow and pain of the three Marys from the death of Jesus.
Evangelical church in Kameňany
The plastic rendering of the halos of the apostles on the paintings of the Kameňany church is the most elaborate among the so far known medieval frescoes in Slovakia.
Church in Rákoš
The church hides rare paintings not only in the interior, but also on the exterior walls. The painting of the Holy Trinity in the form of a seated God with three faces and four eyes deserves attention.
Chyžné, Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary
One of the most complex examples of Gothic art, combining the architecture of the 13th century, with wall paintings of the 14th century and a carved wing altar from the workshop of Master Pavol from Levoča from the beginning of the 16th century.
Calvinist Church in Plešivec
The church is an important document of advanced Gothic architecture in Gemer in the 14th century. The frescoes here were created by Italian masters who were probably invited to Plešivec by Juraj Bebek. In the interior, there is also a gothic tombstone of Ladislav Bebek made of pink marble.
Evangelical church in Rimavská Baňa
The church is situated in a fortified area on a hill above the village. In the presbytery we can find scenes of the Last Judgment and relatively well-preserved frescoes of St. Barbara and St. George wrestling with a dragon. On the north side of the nave, an extensive depiction of the Ladislav legend from 1370 has been preserved. The paintings were only discovered in the 1950s.
Evangelical church in Rimavské Brezovo
On the walls of the interior of the Brezovo church you will find many unusual scenes, such as the blessing angel and St. Bartholomew carrying his own skin on his shoulder. The frescoes come from the 14th century and the workshop of the Master of the Presbytery of Ochtiná. In 2014, research brought new discoveries of wall paintings.