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Poor Clares in Trnava

Poor Clares in Trnava
The exhibition follows the history of Poor Clares in Trnava as well as the building stages of the Church of the Assumption of Saint Mary. It describes the everyday life of the Order of St. Clare as well as their fates seen in a greater historical context. The Order of St. Damian (Poor Clares) was founded in Trnava while St. Clare was still living, partially owing to Constance of Hungary, the Queen consort of Ottokar I of Bohemia. They were formally recognized as a mendicant order in 1239 by Pope Gregory IX. A strict rule of enclosure forbade the Poor Clares any contact with the outer world. Some of the nuns came from powerful noble families throughout the Kingdom of Hungary. The exhibition is staged in the former inner parlour; this is where the members of the order communicated with their visits, under strict surveillance. A stylised altar dedicated to St. Anne was made in as a replica of the original side altar in the Church of the Assumption of Saint Mary. Handicraft made by the Poor Clares is also included in the exhibition, such as images elaborately decorated with embroidery; a small workshop is set up, furnished in a specific style in order to present a fragment of the nuns’ everyday lives.
Poor Clares in Trnava
Poor Clares in Trnava
Poor Clares in Trnava
Poor Clares in Trnava