Monastery Katarínka – hiden beauty

Katarínka is located in western Slovakia in the forests of the Little Carpathians 20 km north of the Trnava between  village of Dechtice and Naháč, in region of Trnava.

I called it hiden beauty  becouse of the position of the ruins. From the surrounding roads KATARÍNKA almost not visible. The fastest route from Trnava leads to Dechtice. Approximately three kilometers behind the village on top of the hill, turn on the stony path that takes you through about 1500 meters will lead to a grassy park. From there you have to have to tread on their own. Pleasant forest trail from the parking lot you get to the ruins in about 15 minutes.

Great idea to put this small thoughts  along the path to monastery. Was a pleasure suprise , for me this trip was not only  be in touch with nature  doing hiking and visit historical site .This  small quotes was for me as sign, small answers to my questions .Hope you like it

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.”

Psalm 33



Like in many countries the path are signed well  with diferents colours.


This is like you can see along all the way till your destination. There is no way to get lost.


“Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.”

Psalm 33


“Why you need to know the future? If good things are coming, they will be a pleasant surprise. If bad things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur.”

Paolo Coelho – Alchemyst


Monastery. Catherine, who belonged to the Franciscan Order, was founded in 1618 on the site of an ancient Gothic chapel and cemetery buried deep in the forests of the Little Carpathians, where, according to legend revealed to St. Catherine’s young count and hermit John Apponyi. Large Baroque monastery complex was gradually extended and enhanced, and among the most important pilgrimage sites Archdiocese of Esztergom. Katarínka novitiate was the site of the Franciscans and the destination of many pilgrimages common people from distant surroundings.

“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

Psalm 127


 In the seventeenth century it was damaged several times during the uprisings and the Turkish invasions, but was always repaired and life pulsing in her further. What were unable troops managed to politics – in July 1786 the monastery along with hundreds of other decree of Emperor Joseph II. canceled. Monks had to leave this place, inventory was taken and destroyed, and the monastery began to deteriorate and change in ruins. It would seem that here ends his interesting and turbulent history.


“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. “

Francis of Assisi


“What is it is not just what is
it is also what has been,
and what will be.-
with three parts
God is knitted braid.”

Milan Rúfus ” One more time” (slovak writer)


During summer time there is he project, which young people through summer camps trying to save the monastery from further dilapidation and Breaking and revamp its turbulent and interesting history. The camps are designed for young people aged 17 years from all over Slovakia (volunteers without financial reward). They take place during the summer in July-August in four-weekly and the flows are scheduled on the following years up to a total of preserving the building.


The ruins of an ancient church and monastery of St. Catherine of Alexandria (hence the name Katarínka).

“Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change,
he courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.”

St. Francis of Asissi


Today can still see well-preserved ruins of the church tower and the remains of one wing of the monastery building. The monastery is located off the main roads and major tourist routes, which on the one hand helped to maintain them in pretty good shape (even after two hundred years of decline standing walls and tower of the church), but on the other hand, the monastery has remained hidden from the eyes and attention of most history buffs and precious monuments.


the others stone rejected has become the powerful support …



Trip to Katarinka not just be about learning about history. There you will find plenty of ruins to organize a family picnic, or you can just lie in the grass or sit on the bench.


Beautiful nature around .


Discover more about History of St. Catherine’s monastery .  Click here


” If Good works are not  links that form a chain of love, are in vain ”
Mother Teresa


“The most important moment is always the present. The most important person, who standing in  front of  me.”

This beautiful trip I did with my lovely aunt Alenka Vrtochova . Thanks to her to bring me here to discover not only new place  but new thinkg about myself also.


This was the last thought and most beautiful for me :

“Love never ends.”






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