"Slovak Bethlehem" Rajecka Lesna by GentleSpirit
Rajecka Lesna Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 10 photos
I was a bit hesitant when my guide suggested we stop off at this little shrine in a village about 30 km from Zilina. It didn't look like much at the time, an ordinary little village like any other in the region. He winked, saying that i will love it.
You make your way from a small church......to a little shrine...
and there it is!
The Slovak Bethlehem is a carving by Jozef Pekara in the village of Rajecka Lesna. The full carving was finished in 2000.
In the center of the carving is the depiction of the birth of Christ. But the rest of the carving shows images of the mountains, cathedrals and castles of Slovakia. A history of Slovakia in brief. More importantly it shows daily scenes of the lives of Slovaks. It is, a masterpiece, a telling of the story of a nation and its people in miniature.
If you stay and gaze at the masterpiece you will notice the painstakingly careful portrayal of the Slovak, especially the common worker/farmer, something i was happy to see since so many grand epics tend to emphasize the grandeur of the monarch or leader. This instead emphasizes the quiet work of the common man in building the nation
Slovak Bethlehm is 8.5 meters wide and 3 meters high. Similar pieces (thematically) have been done in other countries, this is one of the largest.
- Pros:woodcarving masterpiece
- In a nutshell:a must see if you are in this part of Slovakia
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