Cirkev v. Kostel

Discussion in 'General Language' started by michal7, Jun 14, 2006.

  1. michal7

    michal7 Active Member

    Can someone please clarify the difference between the 2 words?
  2. wer

    wer Well-Known Member

    "Církev" is church as community or institution, "kostel" is church as building.
  3. michal7

    michal7 Active Member

    Thanks for your reply. As you know, in English we only have one word.
    Would you be able to give me a couple examples on how you would use the one from the other?
    Thanks in advance!
  4. MK

    MK Well-Known Member

    It is very easy:

    Word "církev" is used when speaking about religional organization

    The Pope is head of the Roman Catholic church.
    Papež je hlavou Římsko Katolické církve.

    Those churches which were registered by state had the right to teach religion at public schools and to practise religious services in the army.
    Ty církve, které jsou registrovány státem, mohou vyučovat náboženství....

    The word "kostel" is used when you speak about building

    It is a Baroque church with two towers
    Je to barokní kostel se 2 věžemi.

    Church of St Mary the Virgin
    Kostel Svaté Pany Marie

    Large church is called cathedral.
    Velký kostel se nazývá katedrála.

    Other examples:
    church school = církevní škola
    church leaders = představitelé církve
  5. wer

    wer Well-Known Member

    MK's examples are perfect.

    I think the only disputable case is:

    go to church = chodit/jít do kostela

Share This Page