Ducové – Kostelec
In the early Bronze Age (1300 - 1100 BC), people of the velatic culture built a significant hill-fort on the terrace of Kostolec. Fortification system of the hill-fort - a massive rampart and moat has been preserved on the site to this day. In addition to the settlement, skeletal graves of members of the velatic culture were found on Kostolec. In the past, cremation graves of the same period were found in the older part of the present-day village of Ducové and in the localities Veľký diel and Panský jarok. The church was temporarily settled also in the Roman era (2nd to 3rd century AD), while minor findings come from the site. The most significant settlement of the Kostolec in terms of our national history is the Slavic settlement from the 9th to 10th centuries. The built fortification - palisade of oak poles, residential parts - log houses and a church - rotunda are characterized as part of the magnificent court residence of members of the court aristocracy. Up-to-date significative reconstruction gives a good overview of their location in the field. The dissolution of the court can be associated with the ambitions of the Árpáds in expanding the occupied territory at the end of the 10th century. After the definitive destruction of the court, its area was used until the mid- 19th century as a cemetery.
On 5 July 1990, on the Feast of St. Cyril and St. Methodius, the first year of the National pilgrimage to Ducová-Kostolec took place. Since this year, pilgrimages are held regularly every year.
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