Piarist Church

Originally Jesuit church, now Piarist early-baroque church dominates the historical centre of Trencin. It was consecrated on July 1, 1657 in the name of St. Franz Xaver, apostolus of India. During the big conflagration of Trencin on May 14, 1708 the church was totally destroyed. In 1709-1713 it was renewed to today's appearance. On the arches of the church are valuable quadrature paintings from 1712 by Christoph Tausch. In 2000 its complete restoration was finished .

Piarist Gymnasium of J. Branecky

It was established in 1649, nationalised in 1918 after splitting of Austria-Hungary, renewed in 1938, again disestablished in 1945 after downfall of 1st Slovak Republic. Again reopened in 1990.

Piarists came to the territory of Slovakia already in 1642 and Piarist schools spread step by step from Podolinec to Prievidza, Brezno, Sv. Jur, Nitra, Krupina, Ruzomberok, Sabinov, Senec, Banska Stiavnica, Trencina and Levice. Trencin's grammar-school was established in 1649 by Jesuits. After disestablishment of the Jesuit order in 1773 monarch Maria Theresia decided in 1776 to transfer school to Piarists.

Today's Piarist grammar-school of J. Branecky has been reopened after the 45-year constraint gap in 1990 and today has 438 students from first to eight class.

Father Joseph Branecky SchP (Mar.31, 1882 – Nov.14, 1962)

Father Joseph Branecky, catholic priest, professor, great writer of Trencin's history, chancellor of board and Piarist church in Trencin, administrator of Piarist order in Slovakia, holder of Decoration of Earl Pribina and honorary citizen of Town Trencin, but above all benefactor of youth.

His most significant published works are:

  • Christmas of poor scholar
  • From old Trencin I. – III.
  • Frater Johannes
  • When rubble revives I. – II.
  • Treasures of Mathias Cak
  • Trencin Trnava
  • Pribina's willow
  • From millenium
  • Alexander and Alexandra
  • Ferko and Janka

There is an exhibit from the life and the works of Father Branecky situated in the rooms of the school, to honour his memory.