Churches in “Slovakia's Rome” to open for tourists

Apart from harbouring believers, the churches in the city of Trnava will open for tourists in April.

Trnava, St Nicolas' Basilica. (Source: Sme)
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Several churches in downtown Trnava will be open in 2018 for tourists, and not just during holy masses, the SITA newswire wrote by the end of March.

From April on, visitors – as well as locals – will be able to enter and admire the St John the Baptist’s Cathedral and St Nicolas’ Basilica, and from June, some more churches will be added.

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Sacral monuments are the most visited by tourists in Trnava, nicknamed “Slovakia's Rome”.

The Cathedral of St John the Baptist is open from April 1 till April 5 daily between 10:00 and 12:00; as well as between 14:00 and 17:00, on April 6 between 11:00 and 16:00. Sundays are meant for masses only. In front of the cathedral, there is a statue of Pope John Paul II, SITA wrote.

The Basilica will have similar opening hours on weekdays, while at the weekends, it will be open only on Sunday afternoons, between 14:00 and 17:00. The city of Trnava pays the churches’ administrators for electric power and cleaning, while church employees secure the lighting of altars, chapels or entire churches for visitors.

To boost Trnava's tourism, the Franciscan St James’ Church, Jesuit Holy Trinity Church, Ursuline St Anne’s Church and St Helena’s Church on Main Street will be open later in the year.

The churches in the city's monument reserve will be open for free, and in the Cathedral and Basilica there will be promo leaflets and documents in several languages. SITA reported.

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