Church of St. Stephen
the King in Nová Kelča
Baroque-Rococo church of St. Stephen the king, whose interesting thing is that it is situated below the level of Domaša, is the residue of the flooded village of Kelča. It is a unique building that survived two World Wars and the construction of a dam. A stone rampart protects it from the waters of Domaša. Today it is one of the national cultural monuments.
The building was built by Baron Wolfgang Véčei, completed and consecrated in 1780. Until 1993, services were held there. It represents a single-nave monumental building with a semicircular presbytery closure and a wide two-tower gable facade. Stuccoed Baroque-Rococo ornaments predominate in the interior on the vaulted fields.
In the church, there is the main altar and two side altars, which are rococo and come from one carving workshop from the time of construction of the temple. Inside there is a marble baptismal font and an eternal lamp or liturgical set. During the summer season, services are rarely held and in August a traditional indulgence ceremony is held there. Since 2019, tourists can also see this unique building from the water, from the deck of the cruise ship Bohemia.
However, the object is in a desolate state. The civic association Stephanus has been trying to save it for many years. The last charitable fundraiser helped the local parish to replace the damaged glass on the windows of the church.Access for tourists in the summer season 2020:
Thursday: from 14:00 to 17:00,
Friday: from 14:00 to 17:00,
Saturday: from 14:00 to 17:00,
every Saturday at 18:00.
Indulgence ceremony: August 16, 2020.
More information about services can be found at: www.farnost-tno.sk