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Franciscan monastery and Church. Catherine

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Franciscan monastery and Church of St. Catherine was built at the expense of count Francis of Keglevich in 1641 and 1657 respectively, in place of the once existed here of the chapel and pilgrimage of the Church. The name of St. Catherine was chosen because it is especially revered in these parts as the Protectress of the poor.

Strict two-storey monastery building with a sloping roof meets the norms of religious architecture of the time. The monastery has preserved a unique library and collection of religious art. The library was established in 1650 and is rich in rare instances, the most important of which are samples of early printed books.

The monks here are not only developed spiritually, but also received education, studying philosophy, theology and rhetoric. Library books belong to different techniques of printing the time and very diverse in topics. Here is a collection of works on medicine, ethics, philosophy, rhetoric, literature, theology, etc.

Currently on the territory of St. Catherine's Church hosts concerts of famous singers and musicians in the framework of the organized here the Franciscan festival of sacred music “Crapiness”. The festival is held in early June and invites the listeners everyone.

In 2010, the monastery was renovated. Now the first floor is reserved for exhibition space details in documents and archival material presents its history. Preserved a list of the names of all buried in the crypt of the Church of the Franciscan monks from 1657 to 1922, the elements of the ornaments of the altars and hand-embroidered vestments for religious ceremonies.

Also restored and the frescoes on the walls in the dining room, some researchers suggest that they might be made by famous Croatian master and the monk Ivan Ranzher. You can also see a small room (the height of a human), in which “bread and water” were put committed misconduct by members of the brotherhood.

On the second floor now hosts various cultural events.