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Nitrianska Blatnica

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The town of Nitrianska Blatnica is located on the southernNBlatnica1.JPGside of the Považský Inovec at an elevation of 242 metres above sea level. The town covers an area of 14.39 km2 and is located in the Nitra Self-Governing Region in the Topoľčany District.

The name of the town is very old and is based on the presence of wetlands and swampy areas nearby that were fed by water flowing from the Považský Inovec Mountains. The town's history stretches back to the late Bronze Age; however the first major settlement is more closely associated with the arrival of the Slavs, who developed advanced metal production in the area in the 9th century.

This period is also when the Rotunda of St. George, for which Nitrianska Blatnica is rather well-known, was built. This inconspicuous chapel at the base of Marhát Peak is the oldest standing rotunda in Slovakia and one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in Slovakia; moreover pilgrims have marked the feast day of St. George with a pilgrimage from far and near for five centuries. Nitrianska_Blatnica4.jpg

Nitrianska_Blatnica2.jpgWhen visiting Nitrianska Blatnica, you certainly should miss the permanent museum exhibition named "The People below Marhát in the Distant Past", which offers visitors an overview of the archaeological findings from the area around the Rotunda of St. George and from towns in the Marhát region.

More adventurous hikers are certain to enjoy the hike up Marhát as the top is home to a 17-metre tall tower offering beautiful views of the Tríbeč Mountains, the thick forests of the Považský Inovec, Vtáčnik and the White Carpathians.

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  Museum exhibition: "The People below Marhát in the Distant Past" 
Visitor hours: 
Sunday: 2 PM - 5 PM 
Call in the event of interest in visiting outside of regular hours 00 421 915 726 168.

Nitrianska Blatnica

Nitrianska Blatnica 6

956 05 Radošina

Tel.: 00 421 38 53 99 112 
Fax: 00 421 38 53 99 113 
Web: www.nitrianskablatnica.sk