Sep 24, 2012

Slovakia FDC on "Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Šaštín"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia


Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Šaštín

Date of Issue : 14 September 2012

A wooden statue of Pieta was the gift donated by countess Czobor in 1564 and this statue became an object of folk worship. The Pauline order was asked to take care of the modest chapel with the statue and later they built a monumental cathedral in the Late Baroque style and adjoining monastery with the support of noble donors.

The tradition of the pilgrimage lasted even after the cancellation of the Pauline order in 1786. The importance of Šaštín as a pilgrim site was enhanced when the Virgin Mary of Seven Grievances was proclaimed the Patron of Slovakia by decree of the Holy See on 22nd April 1927. Besides the ecclesiastic, religious and cultural importance of Šaštín as a pilgrim site, the monastery and monumental cathedral is also a complex with historical monuments that belong to the most valuable masterpieces of the Late Baroque architecture and art with Central European significance.

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