Kalvária Nitra

 

The Nitra Calvary with twelve chapels with reliefs depicting the Stations of the Cross is located on one of the seven hills of the town. The Calvary founded towards the end of the 18th century on a peak of the same name, is characteristic for these small chapels. They line the way from the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, which dates from the 12th century, to the top of the hill and resemble the Way of the Cross. The walk up the steep hill is punctuated by the small chapels depicting the 12 Stations of the Cross. In each chapel are embossed colorful scenes of the Passion of Christ, coming from Munich from the 19th century.

 

 

At the summit, there is a depiction of the crucifixion and the small hexagonal Holy Grave chapel. The chapel also served as a watch tower defending Nitra Castle. A lookout with binoculars gives a stunning view of the whole city from the top of the hill .
Every year in October, the Calvary hill is crowded with children with colourful kites, this lovely event called Šarkaniáda attracts families with children also from wider surroundings.

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