Ján Palárik - the Roman Catholic priest, pioneer of theatre, playwright, journalist, politician, nationalist, founder and editor of the magazine called Cyril and Method, author of primers and reading books - lived in Majcichov, the village situated 8 km from Trnava, and worked there as a priest from 1862 to 1870.
Ján Palárik Memorial Room in Majcichov
Ján Palárik is an author of stage plays such as Inkognito and Drotár, which are performed on the stages even today.
He came to Majcichov in 1862, where he started working in a vacated pastorate with help of Countess Esterházy-Bezobrazovová. Here he wrote several Slovak books as well as religion and grammar textbooks for Slovak schools. In addition, he wrote his fourth play called Dimitrij Samozvanec here.
When he came to Majcichov, he already suffered from stomach ulcer and finally died of this disease on 7 December 1870. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death, there was a big celebration and Ján Palárik Memorial Room was founded as a permanent exposition. Since 2005 (the 135th death anniversary) the exposition has been situated at the health centre in Majcichov. The exposition includes various postcards and a photo file, which will make you familiar with his life.
In the memorial room you can also find the exposition depicting the history of Majcichov, focused on the personalities who influenced the village history, such as František Richard Osvald and Michal Kopčan.
The villages, where Ján Palárik lived and worked, meet regularly. During anniversary meetings the pious memorial services are held.
In the local cemetery, you can find the original and present-day grave monument of Ján Palárik. The monument is situated in the parish yard and there is a memorial plaque on the parish building.
The theatre in Trnava carries his name.
source: Obecný úrad Majcichov
author: Simona Kristová