Jasov Monastery

Jasov, Slovakia

Jasov has the biggest monastery complex in Slovakia and its main church, dedicated to St. John The Baptist, is considered one of the country's most important late-Baroque buildings. Though the present complex dates from the 18th century, there has been a monastery since 1170. The first, probably made of wood, was destroyed by the invading Tatars in 1242. A Romanesque stone monastery soon replaced it and was rebuilt in a fortified style in the 15th century. The site was then completely levelled again in 18th century to make way for the present Baroque structure.

The current monastery was designed by the architect Anton Pilgram in 1766. The lavishly ornamented interior of the monastic church in Baroque style, the library of monastery, and conserved French garden are especially valuable. The monastery has 365 windows, 12 chimneys and four gates (representing the days, months and seasons of the year).

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Podzámok, Jasov, Slovakia
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Founded: 1170/1766
Category: Religious sites in Slovakia

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Lauer Tamás (2 years ago)
Sötétedéskor értünk a jászói premontrei apátsághoz. A nyugalmazott apát személyesen kalauzolt végig minket a 12. századból való apátsági templomban és a rendházban. Minden szögletéről tudott valami érdekességet mondani. Felejthetetlen élmény maradt számunkra.
Tibor (2 years ago)
Neviem povedať.Napriek tomu že tu v Jasove bývam poznám kláštor viac menej len z vonku.A kostol v ňom je otvorený pre verejnosť.Ten je síce pekný ale to je maximum čo si viete pozrieť.Teda ja som sa ďalej nedostal.Ostatok bol uzamknutý!
Miroslava Páleníčková (2 years ago)
Kostol je nádherný, tie maľby sú prekrásne, zrekonštruovaný je, veľmi sa to podarilo. Velice odporúčam. Taktiež odporúčam prehliadku zo sprievodcom. Kláštor je ešte rozbitý, ale rekonštruujú ho, určite bude nádherný aj teraz je, ale ako sa hovorí: “roboty ako na kostole”. Záhrada je pekná.
Bartlomiej K. (2 years ago)
Klasztor ładny (remontowany), tylko szkoda, że w wyznaczonych godzinach nie ma przewodnika, czyli nie da się zwiedzać wnętrz.
Barbara D (2 years ago)
Barokowy kompleks klasztorny premonstratensów. Klasztor zbudowano na miejscu starszych gotyckich budynków w 1766 r.
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