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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Martin Basila (2 years ago)
Nice place to learn more about premonstratensians. The library was not part of our tour. We would wish too see it next time. You had chance to meat the old priest and speak with him. Very nice guy.
Gabriella Kiss (2 years ago)
A jewel!
Martin Višňanský (4 years ago)
Hidden gem in south-east of Slovakia. Better to see personally, instead of just reading about ... The largest, by far, private Library, (Capital L, for sure) with collection of historical books from centuries ago, all together probably up to 100k books on theology, medicine, phylosophy, history ... Very kind staff to guide you around the cloister as well as the Library.
Jan Dupej (4 years ago)
Definitely worth seeing, the church was beautiful. The guide gave a very good presentation and clearly knows her stuff.
Lenka Lenka (4 years ago)
Worth to see...especially the library!!! The girl (guide) was amanzing, funny ... it should be supported by visitors ...this monastery needs money from visitors...It has great potential!!!
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