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An Ancient Place of Pilgrimage in the Deep Forest

Starobyle_putnicke_miesto_01.jpgNot far from Bojná, on a rocky run of the southeast slope of the peak Marhát, the Rotunda of St. George proudly dominates the broad surroundings. This unpretentious little church standing on a very ancient historical path, which in the past connected the valley of the River Nitra with that of the River Váh and Moravia, was long hidden from the eyes of the public and historians. It’s as if the little church was waiting for the proper moment when it would be possible to uncover something from its rich history. That moment came in 2009, when after an extensive restorer’s research, it shocked the professional public. Thanks to research, it was determined that this little church is the oldest standing rotunda not only in the territory of Slovakia but also its wider surroundings.

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The Rotunda of St. George is one of the places where our ancestors brought their pain and where they drew hope and strength for the next life. Still today, upon a visit, you will certainly be touched by the unrepeatable atmosphere that prevails here. The unearthly peace of the site practically draws one to sit in the quiet and pleasant shadow of trees on the benches of the nearby amphitheatre. The more than one thousand years of spiritual force and dignity of this place is empowered by the Baroque Calvary from the 18th century, which is a peaceful and mysterious place just a few steps above the rotunda.

Would you like to know more about this magical place? If yes, then don’t forget to visit the museum exposition The People Beneath Marhát in the Distant Past, which is a unique opportunity to examine the archaeological discoveries not only from the site of the Rotunda of St. George, but also the surrounding villages of the region. Come and see rare artefacts, among which is a rare basket earring or the key from the Rotunda of St. George. You will certainly be taken by the miniature models of the palisade court from Ducové, or the old Slavonic dwelling with furnishings inside, which are an impressive part of this exposition.

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