namestie-thurzuArea: 3498 ha, number of inhabitants: 7,854


Natural conditions
The town lies on the banks of the Kysuca River surrounded by the foothills of Beskydy and Javorníky Mountains. The Javorníky Mountains consist of Nízke (Low) Javorníky and Turzovská Highland. The altitude of the town is from 460 to 875 metres above sea level.

 

Historical and cultural attractions
Turzovka was established in 1598 by palatine Juraj Turzo, the supreme representative of the Hungarian nobility in what today is Slovakia. A parish was established there in 1694. Today it includes the villages of Podvysoká, Dlhá nad Kysucou, Olešná and it is one of the biggest and largest parishes in the Nitra diocese. The current Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary is a baroque building from 1759. In 1914 the village was connected by railway, the Čadca – Makov track. Over the centuries, Turzovka expanded to the biggest village in the former Czechoslovakia (prior to being divided into 4 separate villages in 1954 it had 14 thousand inhabitants). In 1968 it became a town. Turzovka is one of the centres of traditional tinker’s craft as affirmed by the monument to Tinker and his Assistant by academic painter Miroslav Cipár situated in the town centre.

Cultural monuments

  • Column of St. John of Nepomuk in the town centre, near the railway track
  • Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary with pictures by J. B. Klemens
  • Statue Tinker and his Assistant in the town centre
  • Commemorative board of Rudolf Jašík on the building of town hall
  • Memorial of the 1st world meeting of Turzovka natives by academic sculptor Ondrej Zimka junior in front of the building of town hall
  • Commemorative board on the first brick church school, later a state folk school
  • Commemorative board with a bust of M.R. Štefánik
  • Commemorative board on the place where a water flour mill with a turbine manufacturing electric power used to stand
  • Commemorative board of P. H. Jurina on the building of Secondary Grammar School
  • Commemorative board of F. Tagányi on the building of parish authority
  • Permanent exhibition of Jašík’s room in the premises of the International Information Centre

Eminent natives:
Rudolf Jašík – writer; Štefan Barčák – woodcarver born in Turzovka; Ondrej Zimka senior – academic artist painter born in Turzovka; Helena Záhradníková – folk singer born in Turzovka


Traditional events:

  • TURZOVKA SUMMER – a project which features several cultural, social and sport events held annually during the summer months.
  • TIMEX CUP – international football tournament for both younger and older pupils
  • SOLIDARITY CUP (O POHÁR VZÁJOMNOSTI) – the oldest football tournament in Slovakia
  • WOODEN SECRETS – plain-air event of folk woodcarvers
  • DROTÁRIA – festival of folk, country and tramp music
  • BESKYD RALLY – international contest and parade of historical vehicles
  • BESKYDY SOLIDARITY CUP – international contest of fire-fighting squads
  • ROCK BESKYD FEST – J. Gerek’s Memorial, a rock festival
  • FESTIVAL OF MOVIES ABOUT UNUSUAL RECORDS
  • ALONG THE TRAIL OF UHORČÍK – a hike
  • RECORDS OF TURZOVKA
  • TURZOVSKÁ CIFROVAČKA – international meeting of helicon players
  • ARTISAN MARKET
  • MAIN FOLKLORE PROGRAMME OF BESKYDY FESTIVAL

 

Info:
www.turzovka.sk

 

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