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Slovakia facts and history in brief

Slovakia a central European republic, formerly part of Czechoslovakia.
Occupies an area of 49,035 sq km and is bounded by Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic and dominated by the Carpathian mountains, with the the Gerlach Shield at a height of 2,655 m.

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Nitra (Nyitra in Hungarian) is the fourth largest city of Slovakia with a population of nearly 90,000, in the Nitra region, and its cultural and administration centre.

The town's history can be traced back to the Iron, Stone and the later Bronze Ages.

It was the seat of the Principality of Nitra with Prince Pribina as the Slovak's first ruler on the throne at the 8th and 9th C.A.C.

Prince Pribina built the first church, monastery and bishopric in Nitra in 828.

Nitra and the Slav kingdom became part of the Kingdom of Hungary in 906, though the Principality of Nyitra survived for a couple centuries.

In 1248, the Lower Town of Nyitra was granted free royal borough privileges.

Nitra is the administrative and economic centre of the region, with two universities, and agricultural schools and research centres.

The city is well endowed with many nice buildings and monuments.

Hui Chin and I enjoyed our stay in the town.

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