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At the foot of Malé Karpaty there is a village called Dechtice the history of which is connected with the Habans, jug-making, pottery and viniculture. If you intend to spend your leisure time discovering cultural monuments connected with a stay in the country, let the following lines inspire you.

Dechtice was for the first time mentioned in 1258, in a writing of the Hungarian king Bela IV. The All Saints Church (the upper church) is the most significant monument of the village dating from 1172, with unique wall paintings – a national cultural monument. It is a Romanesque rotunda even though from the outside it has a rectangular shape.

Parish Church of St. Catherine (lower church) from the 14th century, originally a gothic church, was rebuilt as a Baroque church in 1612. In front of the church there is a “little trinity“ coming from the Monastery and Church of St. Catherine. On the Dechtice square there is an artesian well and a sandstone statue of St. Florian – patron saint of firemen.

In 1870, count Móric Pálfi founded a fish farm that supplied roe to fish farms in whole Europe and, prior to the First World War, even to Japan. The premises of the fish farm are a significant technical monument.

On the right side of the road between Dechtice and Dobrá Voda, there used to be a paper-mill. Its more than a-hundred-year-existence made history not only of the village but also of the Slovak paper-mills. The main building was demolished with dynamite in 1987. A little bit further, on the left side by the bus stop there is a turn-off to the premises of a hunting mansion house Planinka built in 1774 by count Joseph Erdödy. A hunt organized here in 1808 was attended by Emperor Franz Joseph I. and his wife. At present, the building serves as a children´s summer camp.

In the village cadastre, in the forests of Malé Karpaty, there are ruins of the Church and Monastery of St. Catherine. In 1618, count Erdödy founded a Franciscan monastery at “Katarínka“. In 1786, Emperor Joseph II issued a decree dissolving the monastery. Nowadays one can still see well-preserved ruins of the church with a tower and the rests of one wing of the monastery building. - source: TINS

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