Most Impressive Ancient Ruins in Slovakia
In the cadastral area of the Slovak village Dechtice, in the woods of the Small Carpathians close to Trnava, there is a ruin of the Church and the monastery of St. Catherine - the most impressive ancient ruins in Slovakia. The monastery, which was founded by Krištof Erdödy in 1618, in the place where Saint Katarína was alleged to have appeared to the young Count and to the Apostle John Apponyi, was the Franciscan order.
The most impressive ancient ruins in Slovakia - Katarínka - as the ruins are called by locals, was built in baroque style by Italian master Pietro Spazzo, the builder of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Trnava.
The church was 52 m long, 12.9 m wide and the tower height was 30 m high, it had 4 bells, it was decorated with paintings and stuccoes, it had 8 altars, and two altars are today in a Jablon church. On the corners of the tower were four stone statues of the Franciscans, which were transferred to the family tomb of Pálffy in Smolenice in 1905. The monastery had four granaries, a fruit-drier, a large fruit-covered garden covered by a wall, an oratory on the floor. The monastery's dining room was paved with marble.
Katarínka was also a known pilgrimage site. The greatest pilgrimages took place on the White Sunday, Katarina (up to 5000 people). Great drive went from Trnava.
In 1786 the monastery was canceled by decree of Emperor Joseph II.. The inventory was transferred to the surrounding monasteries and municipalities. The sumptuous Calvary of the church was transported by Erdödy in 1811 to Dechtice. In the Trnava’s Franciscan monastery there are still beautiful wooden carved doors and a table from the original equipment of the monastery at Katarínka.
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