The church - the Rotunda of St. George is a national cultural monument and is located on a rocky spur about 5 km north of Nitrianska Blatnica. By easy climb we get under the foot of the hill of Marhát in the meadow called Púšť (Desert), where in the 9th - 10th century, there was a settlement surrounded by palisade. The inhabitants mainly dealt with iron ore processing. There were remains of dwellings, tar furnaces, jars and iron products. The settlement disappeared in the first half of the 13th century and its inhabitants gradually moved to lower locations.

The Rotunda of St. George with a horseshoe apse was founded in the 9th century. The archaeological research revealed 140 graves with interesting findings. After the inhabitants of the settlement left, the rotunda started to become desolate, and only in 1530 the owner of the forest had the church repaired and it became a place of traditional pilgrimages every Sunday after the feast of St. George.

The Rotunda is an important and well-preserved monument of the Great Moravian period. Despite the adjustments, it has all the signs of the old Slavonic churches from the 8th and 9th centuries. Pilgrimages are held here every year with a large participation of citizens from a wide range.

There is an educational trail, marked hiking trails and a cycling trail from Nitrianska Blatnica leading to rotunda. Nitrianska Blatnica is located just about 3.5 km away.

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