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Local places of interest:

Town of Moravsky St. Jan
app. 3 km (1.9 miles)
Moravsky St. Jan is a border town between Austria and Slovakia. It is located in the Southwestern part of Senica County, near river Morava. The oldest written record mentioning the town dates back to 1449. During the 16th century, it became a home to Habans, an Anabaptist religious sect known for their beautiful majolica-style pottery craftsmanship. The significant places of interest include the Roman Catholic church of St. John the Baptist, the Haban chapel, the Chapel of Virgin Mary, and the baroque castle (today a healthcare facility). ,

Village of Sekule app. 4 km (2.5 miles)
Just like Moravsky Svaty Jan, Sekule is a border village. Within its vicinity, at the junction of rivers Dyje and Morava, you can find a three-country border point: Czech Republic, Austria, and Slovakia. First written record of Sekule dates back to 1402, and the village played an important role already in earlier time, during the formation of the Hungarian kingdom. Its inhabitants (Sikul tribes, vid Sekule) were the border guards of the budding empire.
In the center of the village, you can find a neo-gothic Roman Catholic Church of Assumption of the Virgin Mary, built in 1878, and a funeral chapel of Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary, re-built multiple times on its original middle-ages foundation.
Near the three-country border point, you can find one of the last sculptures of Lubo Kristko from the Kristko’s Glyptothek project. In the village, you can visit the Sekule ceramic workshop. You can stop at the Sekule Museum and see relics from the region’s history, with its folk costumes, pottery, and artifacts of daily life. You can also observe making of Sekule pottery, and try out your pottery making skills. ,

Town of Hohenau app. 2 km (1.2 miles)
Museum in the Austrian town of Hohenau

Town of Sastin Straze app. 8 km (5 miles)
The town is the home to a renowned pilgrimage destination and a national cultural heritage site, the Basilica of the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary.

Town of Velke Levare app. 8 km (5 miles)
 In Velke Levare, you can visit the Haban Commune quarters, a national cultural heritage site, comprised of 22 original buildings built during the span of 17th-19th centuries. Habans were Anabaptists, members of a reformist religious sect, known for their beautiful majolica-style pottery. They rejected papal authority and private property, and lived in communes. The Haban Museum in Izser House is a branch of the regional Zahorske Museum, based in Skalica.

 Castle Pohansko – Breclav app. 20km (12.5 miles)
The hunting castle Pohansko was built by the Liechtensteins in years 1811-1812, in the romantic environment of South Moravian riparian forest. They build it unknowingly on top of an ancient Great Moravian settlement. Today you can find here an archeological exhibition, with a reconstruction of the “pagan” fortress. The original fortification dates back to 9th -11th centuries. It is believed that in the 9th century, Pohansko was a home to a member of the ruling Mojmir tribe and his court. In the vicinity, you can also find a museum of a First Republic military fortress. While walking through the site, you’ll feel like you’re traveling back in time.

City of Malacky app. 18 km (11 miles)
Commercial and historical center of the region. You can find here the Michal Tillner Museum, the Monastery of Ascension of Virgin Mary, the Synagogue, and other interesting sites.

Town of Kopcany app. 25 km (15.5 miles)
 The Church of St. Margarita from Antioch is located right outside the village, on the bank of the river Morava. First written record of the church dates back to 1392. The church served as an active place of worship until 18th century and is considered the oldest completely preserved religious structure in Central Europe. It was built in connection with the Great Moravian fortress in Mikulcice before the end of 9th century.
Skalica – free royal town app. 35 km (x miles)
The city of Skalica has a long and rich history.

Bata’s Aqueduct
Bata’s Aqueduct is currently used as a tourist waterway.


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