Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows
The Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Šaštín-Stráže is one of the most important basilicas in Slovakia. Tens of thousands of pilgrims visit the basilica each year, primarily for the Descent of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) and the Day of Our Lady of Sorrows (15 September).
The temple was built in the second half of the 18th century in honour of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Originally, the construction plan was much more extensive, but was not followed through due to insufficient funds. The construction was led by the imperial architect Hillebrandt, who is also the author of the altar with the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Several renovations were carried out already in the 19th century, and the major reconstruction works began in 1987.
Significance of the basilica
The temple was declared a minor basilica in 1964, i.e. the Pope awarded it the honorary title of basilica minor– papal church, where it is possible to obtain indulgences and where a pontifical Holy Mass in honour of the Holy Father must be held several times per year. The only higher title is basilica maior, given only to the six highest-ranking Roman Catholic churches in Rome and Assisi.
Comprehensive historical and architectural information, as well as current events and the Holy Mass schedule can be found on the official website www.bazilika.sk.