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Mayor seeks out protestant descendents

A LOCAL cultural monument, the Evangelical church in the municipality of Levkuška in the Revúca district is in the process of being repaired. Project plans call for the completion of a new shingle roof to be completed this month. The church dates back to 1804.

(Source: TASR)

A LOCAL cultural monument, the Evangelical church in the municipality of Levkuška in the Revúca district is in the process of being repaired. Project plans call for the completion of a new shingle roof to be completed this month. The church dates back to 1804.

The mayor Levkuška, Lajos Csolti, told the TASR newswire that the church holds a special importance for the village. It was been built by a nobleman named Draskóczy, the arrival of whose family turned Levkuška into a Protestant/Evangelical community. The church was built on a hill close to a cemetery near the centre of town. The current church erected in 1804 stands on the site of a previous structure that was built in1739.

“Today, the church is not used as much as it once was,” Csolti said. “Our municipality is too small to have its own minister and services are conducted only occasionally. In spite of this, the church is being repaired. We can boast an altar from the beginning of the 19th century, with the coats of arms two aristocrats’ over it, one belonging to the Draskóczy family,” he added.

A building adjacent to the church houses the crypt of Draskóczy family and has also been rebuilt. Mayor Csolti related the story to TASR. “Until the end of World War II, a teacher administered the crypt, but nevertheless it was robbed twice. We had no records. The original key was lost. However, in 1994, when I became mayor, I launched a search for descendants of the Draskóczy family line, finally finding one gentleman in Hungary.” Through more research Csolti contacted other descendants and ultimately was able to determine just whose remains were in some of the coffins. Currently the Mayor is in contact with almost 100 descendants of the Draskóczy family, most of them living in Hungary.

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