Tour Around Dechtice and Dobrá Voda

The area around Dechtice and Dobrá Voda villages is known for the concentration of several cultural and historical sights. Especially Dechtice village, which developed as a landlords’ town, has an interesting history related to Habans, pottery and jugs production.
The most significant village sight is Romanesque Roman-Catholic Church of All Saints (so called “upper church”) from 1172 located in the cemetery. It is decorated with unique fragments of Romanesque and early Gothic wall paintings from the 12th and 14th century. The originally Gothic Roman-Catholic Church of St. Catherine (so called “lower” church) from 14th century is also interesting object.
From Dechtice the route leads up through the valley of Blava stream into Dobrá Voda village, which is located in the inner part of Dobrovodská fold. A monument, a memorial room and a memorial board in the village commemorate the work of the most significant poet of the Bernolák’s group, Ján Hollý, who lived in the village. In the middle of the village there is a classicistic Church of Nativity of Virgin Mary. However, the symbol of the village is the Dobrá Voda castle that was built as a watchman fortress near the transition point through the Little Carpathians, probably in the 13th century. The remains of the castle walls, chapel, towers and fortifications can be reached from the village following the Štefánik’s red hiking trail (Štefánikova magistrála). From Dobrá Voda the route goes back to Dechtice and turns right to the second-class road which leads to Naháč. This village is known as a workplace of Juraj Fándly, a significant Slovak writer, to whom the local museum is dedicated. Besides Naháč Roman-Catholic Church of St. Michal Archangel, the biggest historical place of interest within the village area is the romantic ruins of the Church and monastery of St. Catherine. The so called Katarínka can be reached from the village by following the blue marked trail in north direction. Southwest from Naháč, there lies Horné Dubové village, dominant of which is the Baroque Roman-Catholic Church of St.Martin. The route continues to the south-west towards the second-class road, which we take after left turn in the north direction. After a while the road reaches Kátlovce, where the most important sight is the Roman-Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit built in the middle of the cemetery. From Kátlovce the route proceeds further north and ends in the centre of Dechtice near the lower church. 


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