Hronský Benadik Abbey

Hronský Benadik, Slovakia

Hronský Beňadik is best known for a very important Benedictine abbey, which played in important role in the Christianization process and in the development of culture and education. It was founded in 1075 by King Géza I. The fortified abbey is one of the oldest and most important architectural monuments of Slovakia.

The surviving Gothic basilica of St. Egidius was built in the years 1346-1375 to the grounds of first abbey. The monastery was rebuilt into a fort supposed to resist Turkish raids in 1537. Walls and canon bastions were added then. However, construction of fortification also meant destruction of some of its Gothic parts. They reappeared in altered form during the period of Romanticism reconstruction carried out at the end of the 19th century.

The church of the monastery contains valuable works of art (a wood-carving of the Holy Sepulchre, a wall-painting presenting the legend of St. George, an altar depicting the Passion, a sculpture of Jesus Christ from the 13th century, a Madonna sculpture from the 14th century, etc.).

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Founded: 1075
Category: Religious sites in Slovakia

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Michal Strnisko (21 months ago)
Úžasné miesto, plné hlbokej histórie. Už asi od Veľkomoravských čias centrum kultúry a správy cirkevných záležitostí na Pohroní, Tekove. Dýcha to tu bohatými dejinami, pritom tak pokorne, skromne v uzadí, v tichosti pod vŕškom Vartička, nepretržite sledujúc zurčanie Hrona.
Adrienne Galaba (21 months ago)
Garamszentbenedeki bencès kolostor Nyitrától könnyű megközelíteni, állítólag alagút is összeköti a kèt helysèget. Nursiai Szt. Benedek 529.-ben hozta lètre az 1. bencès rendházat Monte Cassino hegyèn, hogy a római nyüzsgés ne zavarja a szerzeteseket. Napirendje (Regula): Imádkozz ès dolgozz...kèsőbb kiegèszítettèk: ès olvass! Legnagyobb èrtèke az èpületnek, stílusán kívül , az Úrkoporsó, amely a XIX sz . vègèn restaurálásra a mai Magyarország területére kerül, ès Trianon után már itt marad,¹ Esztergomban a Keresztèny Múzeumban látható, de maga Krisztus az eredeti apátságban van : az èv során kereszten láthatjuk, Nagypènteken - mivel karjai mozgathatóak -, azokat a test mellè helyezik, nem ès az Úrkopoporsóban fekszik a Nagyszombati Feltámadásig. Ekkor a korpuszt kiemelik , ès az üres, kerekeken gördülő koporsót viszik körbe, amely szèpen díszített, gótikus kápolnára hasonlít. Másik èrdekessèg egy ereklye: Krisztus Vère Veronika kendőjènek egy darabján. Mátyás király ajándéka .
Ivan Mrizo (21 months ago)
Krasny klastor, užastne miesto
David Slovák (21 months ago)
Mam Hronsky Benadik hrozne rad a klastor je miesto, ktore pri kazdej prilezitosti navstivim. Domaci mozu byt na toto miesto velmi hrdi a menej cumiet po cezpolnych, co prisli do senku na pivo
Samuel Šúr (3 years ago)
Really nice place to visit. I recommend you to go there.
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