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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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Zilina (Zsolna in Hungarian) is in the north-western part of Slovakia in the Mala Fatra mountains. Sorrounded by mountains, forests and National Parks, the whole area is beautiful and have a abundant stock of castles, fortresses, many set on top of high hills.

With a present population of about 85,000, the town's history goes back to the Neolithic period. The first documented mention of the settlement dates back to 1208.

The old Slav city of Terra de Selinan was around the St Stephen the King church, what is now called Zavodie and was destroyed at the end of the 13th Century.

German settlers rebuilt the town in the early 14th Century on the higher ground in a well planed manner, resembling a chessboard.

In later years the township became an important trading, crafts and administration centre for the surrounding district.

There are large number of churches, castles and manor houses in the township and around the district to admire.

So many places we've visited on our trip through Slovakia, so many photos to sort, so many pages to put on the Internet, now I can't remember what I wanted to say about the beautiful town of Zilina.

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