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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Slovakia facts and history in brief
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
In later years the township became an important trading,
crafts and administration centre for the surrounding
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.
You can click on
these photos for an enlargement.
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