Slovak churches

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  • Straddling two worlds of Christian belief, Slovak churches are places where Byzantine and Roman Catholic religious traditions meet and merge. This video analyzes eastern- and western-style Slovak church design in two ways: first, it points out their underlying similarities by tracing their architectural roots back to their common ancestor, the basilica of ancient Rome; then, to explain their very visible differences, it follows the history of Christianity over the centuries immediately following the religion's division into its eastern and western branches. By reaching out in both directions, Slovak church architecture partakes of Constantinople and Rome in a way that is uniquely its own.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on June 13, 2006.
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  • Slovakia: A Place Where East Meets West (3:01) -- Differences in Eastern and Western Designs (2:58) -- Similarities in Eastern and Western Designs (4:31) -- First Christian Churches and Eastern Tradition Churches (3:15) -- Western Tradition Christian Churches (2:45) -- Baroque Churches and the Jesuits (2:59) -- Canadian Slovak Churches: Blending Two Traditions (3:29)
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