Turiec

Turiec stretches over an area of 1129 km2 through the valleys of the rivers Váh and Turiec. It is situated in the central part of the north-western Slovakia, surrounded by the ridges of Veľká and Malá Fatra, Kremnické vrchy and Žiar mountains. The highest peak is Veľký Fatranský Kriváň - 1,709 m a.s.l. The sub-region is often nicknamed “the Turiec garden” for number of picturesque sceneries and natural beauties.

The territory had been a part of Turiec County since medieval times. Since 1996 it has included two districts – Martin and Turčianske Teplice. Nowadays, the population is about 115,000 inhabitants, living in 65 villages and 3 towns.

Turiec is a right place to go for a keen culture and history lover. It features 231 immovable and 222 movable cultural relics altogether. There are ruins of medieval castles such as Sklabiňa or Zniev, 18 manor houses such as those in Diviaky, Mošovce, Necpaly, Slovenské Pravno, Turčiansky Peter, Turčianska Štiavnička etc. and over 30 churches. The most significant town of the region is Martin. It is considered one of the most important in Slovakia as far as history of the Slovak nation is concerned. In 1861, the Memorandum of the Slovak Nation was signed here designating thus the national programme of the Slovaks. In this troubled period, two out of three first Slovak grammar schools were founded in Turiec, particularly in Martin and Kláštor pod Znievom what proves the role of the region in shaping history of the Slovak nation. During the first half of the 20th century, Martin used to be a centre of Slovak culture and politics. In 1944, Turiec became one of the epicentres of the Slovak Nationla Uprising - an armed revolt against fascism. Therefore, there is a great range of museums and memorable rooms, which are closely connected with all the historical events mentioned above, for example the first building of Matica Slovenská (the Slovak institution focused on the support of the Slovak) or the National Cemetery where many Slovak personalities are buried. Martin is also a seat to many other cultural institutions such as the Slovak National Museum, the Turiec Gallery, the Museum of Martin Benka (a famous Slovak painter). The works of another significant Slovak painter are presented in the Gallery of Mikuláš Galanda in Turčianske Teplice. National cultural relics Church of St. Martin in Martin and Church of St. Ladislav in Necpaly were built in the 13th century and both feature well preserved Gothic wall paintings. The open-air Museum of Slovak Village near Martin offers its visitors an excellent opportunity to see the life of our ancestors.

The region is surrounded by the Veľká and Malá Fatra National Parks and its position makes it a perfect starting point for hiking. The net of well marked tourist paths and cycling routes leads through the beautiful valleys, past the protected natural formations and reserves or on high ridges offering beautiful panoramic views. Travellers will find excellent facilities for car camping and a recreation centre in Trusalová which is not far from the village of Turany. In winter, tourists can enjoy excellent skiing conditions in Martinské Hole and the Jasenská Valley.

Turiec is blessed with mineral waters (Fatra, Budiš) and thermal springs. The spa resort in Turčianske Teplice belongs to the most famous and oldest spas in Slovakia; the first written mention about the beneficial effects of local springs dates back to 1281. The village of Mošovce with thermal swimming pools and a modern swimming area in Vrútky are also popular with tourists. The beautiful nature, spas and great services create excellent conditions for both summer and winter stay.


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