Church of St. Margaret of Antioch

Kopčany, Slovakia

Church of St. Margaret of Antioch is the only building still standing which certainly dates from the time of the Greater Moravian Empire. It is considered to be the oldest church in Slovakia. The church was built probably in the 9th or 10th century and was first mentioned in 1329. It was used until the 18th century when a new church was built in the village of Kopčany.

The church is an original pre-Romanesque building. It is a single-cell church with small rectangular chancel to the east chancel).The recent excavations have shown that the original church had a rectangular narthex at the west end of the church, and this contained a large stone lined tomb for the founding figure of the church. When the narthex was pulled down the Gothic arch which formed the entry at the west end, was inserted.

The first architectural survey of the church was conducted in 1964, the next in 1994. During investigations in 2004, three graves and jewellery from the times of Great Moravia were found outside the church. Currently archaeological research is focused on reconstruction of the historical landscape and its settlements. Also during this period the church has undergone further restoration work and the old render has been stripped from the walls. This now shows that the two arched windows on the north side of the nave are original while the windows on the south side were altered in the later Romanesque period. Since 1995, the church has been listed under Slovak cultural heritage. The outside of the church is openly accessible to the public. It stands in a field to the east of Kopčany and it is about 1.6 km from the major Greater Moravian site at Mikulčice, which is on the other side of the Morava river. It is approached by a road and is fairly close to the ruins of an 16th-17th century building which may have been a farm or manor house.



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Kopčany, Slovakia
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Founded: 9-10th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Slovakia

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Герман Пименов (4 months ago)
I understand that this is the oldest building in Slovakia, the 14th century, Great Moravia and all that, but why the heck did they make such a remake? Here you look at earlier photographs and you see that it is stone, authentic, very complete and harmonious. Now what? A plaster coat, like in a village stable? A rain gutter nailed to the wall? Or a meter high grounding pole, not driven in the most visible place? No, guys, if there is no hidden meaning behind this "reconstruction" ("keep the stone under plaster!"), Then you need to immediately rip it all off ... Lockdown will end, I’ll go to the Czech Republic to see how they preserve monuments from the same period, which are several kilometers beyond Morava. P.S> Studied the topic. Everything is fine. I quote a comrade "Throughout its existence, the church has been covered with plaster, which has been renovated many times over the centuries and, in fact, has preserved it. As part of the study, archaeologists have consistently removed layers of plaster and for the last 20 years the church has been without it. This had a bad effect on it. The walls began to decay, dampness and mold began inside. Therefore, it was decided to restore the plaster, based on the data obtained by archaeologists in its very original form. "
Eduard Dobrotivý (7 months ago)
The village of Kopčany is located near the border with the Czech Republic, less than two kilometers east of Mikulčice, an important center of Great Moravia. To the church of St. A dirt road and a new asphalt path lead Margita. The church stands on a plain and can be seen from a greater distance. It has been around for an incredible 11 centuries and is the oldest chapel in Central Europe. The border river, which flows near the chapel, is currently temporary thanks to a new footbridge called the Great Moravia Footbridge.
Martin Juriga (2 years ago)
Beautiful .
Martin Juriga (2 years ago)
Beautiful .
Tomas Jochmann (2 years ago)
Nice place with beautiful nature. Nice for 1 day trip from Bratislava
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