The Gothic Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary from the end of the 13th century is the oldest preserved sacral building from the Middle Ages. The church was severely damaged during the battles and its restoration began at the end of the 15th century under Bishop Tomáš Bakóc. During this reconstruction, the church received elements of the late Gothic style – vaults and pastoral. The main altar, dating from 1770-1779, is decorated with two statues of St. Peter and Paul. The last major reconstruction of the church took place in 1936, on the 100th anniversary of the import of the remains of St. Neitus, and at the same time a chapel was built, where his remains in a glass coffin were stored. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the church belong alternatively to Evangelicals or Catholics. Church became the episcopal cathedral in 1776. A unique monument in the church is a panel painting Metercia from 1513. It is significant for its content, because it is the oldest depiction of mining activity on the altarpiece in Central Europe. The central focus is on the figure of St. Anne, her daughter Virgin Mary and the Infant Jesus in her arms. The background consists of a realistic depiction of the work of medieval miners and smelters in all of its stages, together with a specific landscape setting in which the Rožňava area can be clearly identified. It is remarkable that the author was able to depict in such a detail the mining technology in the Middle Ages. However, there are no written sources about the author and historians are just guessing who owns this unique work.
When can you visit the cathedral?
The cathedral is open during mass:
Monday – Friday: 6 pm; Saturday: 8.15 and 18.00; Sunday: 07:00 (Hungarian), 10:00 and 18:00
The cathedral is located behind the Miners’ Square towards Betliar. You can find the location of the cathedral on the map on the subpage Monuments.