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

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Barbora Ščigulinská (2 years ago)
Pokoj, ticho vzdialený od ľudí. Pôvodná časť z čias Veľkej Moravy. Mali sme šťastie a natrafili sme na pána, ktorý sa o kostolík stará, ktorý nám poskytol celkom dosť informácií...
Vladislav Juricky (2 years ago)
Pristupova cesta nic moc Interier pamiatky nepristupny pre bezneho navstevnika
Bronislav Šuta (2 years ago)
Krásný kostelík se zajímavou a bohatou historií. Prohlídku jsme měli i s výkladem ...
Lenka Spiritora (3 years ago)
Church of St. Margaret of Antioch is near village Kopčany (district Skalica) in Slovakia. It belongs to the oldest churches in Slovakia. The church was built probably in the 9th or 10th century. This place is magical. It stands in the field and also locals and GPS in the car did know know how to get there. We found it finally and it's absolutely worth to see, even the church is closed. Great to make photos and relax. There is silence and some say also special energies. During investigations several graves and jewellery from the times of Great Moravia were found outside the church. If you like to explore, this is right choice. Ok for to go with children or with dog. ☺
Matej Glatzner (3 years ago)
An amazing landmark.
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