The first written mention of the Pauline monastery in Gombasek-Slavec dates back from 1371. The prosperous and rich monastery was functional until 1566, when the Bebek family expelled the monks and rebuilt it into a fortress. It was later occupied by the imperial army and the monks were promised to be able to return. It never happened. Before long, the monastery began to decay, until it finally fell into oblivion.
A monastery church was also a part of an extensive monastery. It was built in the Gothic style. The monastery church took the form of a single-nave building with a polygonal presbytery. The painting decoration of the church was richer.
Of the original monastery complex, only parts of the foundation masonry have been preserved.
After archaeological research in 2018, a bell tower was built here. It serves as a watch tower on the ruins of the church and on the surrounding nature of the Slaná river valley.
New sidewalks, benches, a wooden entrance gate and information boards have been added. Nearby you can find the late Baroque mansion of the Andrássy family from the second half of the 18th century, which is a national cultural monument.
How to get there:
Between Rožňava and Plešivec there is a village Slavec. Turn from the main road to the road No. 3009 in the direction of Gombasek – recreational area and cave, above the river Slaná. Soon turn into a narrow alley on the right, where you can park. From there on continue a short walk until you reach the ruins of the monastery.