The Church of St. Catherine in Handlová makes no pretence of surprising us with anything special at the first sight. When inspecting from the exterior, we can easily classify this building as a representative of Slovakia’s Gothic architecture. And to some extent it is. However, the truth is that the church’s current state is the result of a heritage restoration from the second half of the 20th century whose author is the architect Karol Chudomelka, and at the same time is the bearer of several modernist principles. These modernist elements are especially noticeable in the interior of the church. Chudomelka was not the first architect to use modernist architectural forms in the Handlová Church, yet any traces of its predecessors are preserved only in archival sources.
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