Šaštín-Stráže: Monastery and Church of Lady of Seven
Monastery and Church of Our Lady of Seven – Šaštín-Stráže
One of the centers of Our Lady of Seven Painful, the patron saint of Slovakia, is the Monastery and Church of Our Lady of Seven Pain – Šaštín-Stráže, which is visited by thousands of pilgrims not only from Slovakia but also from abroad.
Šaštín – Stráže
The town of Šaštín-Stráže is known abroad as a pilgrimage place where people can see the statue of the Virgin Mary. Pope Urban VIII confirmed the status of the city. In 1733 a statue was ordered and a pilgrimage church and monastery were built.
The church was consecrated in the presence of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I. Lotharingia. The statue of Our Lady of Seven Painful was moved to the main altar of red marble. Pope Paul VI declared the Church of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows as the Basilica, the first in Slovakia.