The wooden Greek Catholic church of Jedlinka is located 16 km northeast from Bardejov. It was built in 1763 and tradition has it that the church was brought from Poland. It is dedicated to the Intercession of the Theotokos.

The church is a three part structure with three towers and crosses. The main tower sports unique etched acoustic openings in the shape of a triangle and contains three bells. Among the many curiosities of this church are the various ornamental ironworks on doors, wrought iron crossesas well as window bars made by metal chasing technique. The entrance is located on the western side of the building.

The interior of the church comprises one of the most precious iconostasis in Slovakia. Dated to the second half of the eighteenth century it is composed of four rows. 

The first row includes the icons of Saint Bishop Nicolas, Hodegetria, Christ the Teacher and The Intercession of the Theotokos. The royal doors contain medallions depicting the four Evangelists and the Annunciation. The second row holds icons of liturgical feat days and these are divided in the middle of the row by the icon depicting the Last Supper.

The third row is composed of the icons depicting the Apostles. The middle if the row is dominated by the icon of Christ the High Priest and the symbol of the “eye of God” above the icon, which is a rare item in such wooden churches. The fourth row of icons depicts the individual prophets. 

The top of the iconostasis comprises the icon of the Crucifixion that is flanked by the figures of the Theotokos and Saint John the Evangelist. 

The iconostasis is also adorned by etched depictions of plants and grapevine.

The altar located in the sanctuary is decorated by a nineteenth century icon of the Nativity of Theotokos. Other icons and religious items are dated to the seventeenth and the eighteenth century. 

The wooden church in Jedlinka underwent complete renovations in 2000 and 2001. 

A mass is held every Sunday at 8 o’clock in the morning. 




Translated by:
Mgr. Samuel Beňa, M.A.


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