High Tatra's Ice Cathedral now open, inspired by Jerusalem church

The ice cathedral is in its tenth season already.

(Source: TASR)

The Ice Cathedral at Hrebienok in the High Tatras became a common winter tourist attraction over the years. This year’s cathedral was inspired by the Israeli Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

The skillful hands of the artists created an ice structure, which, in addition to the precise execution of details, also brings one extra special experience.

The building hides a lot of symbolism. The novelty of the tenth year is that the public can, for the first time, enter inside the ice walls of the temple and pass by the so-called Aedicule, which hides the place of Jesus' tomb.

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The ice temple is a symbol of the path of pain that Jesus went through on the Way of the Cross, a symbol of peace represented by the chapels of various world religions, and at the same time a symbol of the courage of visitors, because for the first time in the history of the Tatra Ice Cathedral, they can enter within the ice walls of the building.

22 sculptors and carvers from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany participated in the masterpiece, carving beauty into 225 tons of ice. The main builder this year is the talented artist Adam Bakoš. There are up to 1,880 incredible blocks of ice under the hands of the ice carvers. This year, the ice cathedral is also located in a dome with a diameter of 25 m, with the highest point of the structure reaching a height of up to 10.5 m.

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The Ice Cathedral will be available to visitors until April 2023.

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