Báč - Franciscan monastery and a church
The important pilgrimage sites of the Trnava region include the West Slovakian village of Báč, where the pilgrims' steps led to the former Baroque Franciscan monastery and the Church of St. Anthony of Padua. Most of the decoration of the church comes from the period of its construction (1660 - 1674), but there are also Art Nouveau mural-paintings from the beginning of the 20th century. On the main altar there is a painting of St. Anthony of Padua (1861) - the patron of the church. However, the pilgrim's seeing is directed to the merciful image of the Virgin Mary. It dates back to the last quarter of the 18th century and is located above the classicist tabernacle of the main altar of 1772. In 1715 the painting miraculously teared with bloody tears several times. The building of the Franciscan monastery in Báč is also sadly known in Slovakia's history as a place where several priests and prominent representatives of the Catholic Church were imprisoned by the communist regime. The monastery, in which a detention camp was established in the early 1950s, also witnessed the suffering of the religious blessed Dominik Method Trčka, as well as the blessed Greek Catholic Bishops Vasil Hopek and Pavel Peter Gojdič. For many years there has been living the violently exported religious community of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Institutum Beatae Mariae Virginis - IBMV, better known as the "English Virgins", now Congregatio Jesu - CJ). Pilgrims began to come to the Church of St. Anna again in the late 1980s, but especially after 1989. At present days, pilgrimage have been organized in Báč village every 8th September for the Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary and on 13th June for the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua.
Address: Roman Catholic parish, Báč village no. 1, 930 30 Báč
Telephone: 00421 (0)31 5598580