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Martin

THIS POSTCARD from 1911 shows the main square in the central Slovak town of Martin. In the past, the town was a centre of trade and crafts, and struggled, like many other towns, to gain independence from its neighboring castle, which, in this case, was Sklabiňa Castle.


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THIS POSTCARD from 1911 shows the main square in the central Slovak town of Martin. In the past, the town was a centre of trade and crafts, and struggled, like many other towns, to gain independence from its neighboring castle, which, in this case, was Sklabiňa Castle.

In the middle of the 19th century, Martin made its mark as an epicentre of the Slovak National Awakening, which sought to improve conditions for Slovaks under the Hungarian Monarchy. In 1848, while nationalist revolutions were taking place across Europe, a summit took place there that, in 1861, led to the adoption of the Memorandum of the Slovak Nation, which called for an independent Slovakia, with Slovak as its official language.

One site of interest in Martin is the local National Cemetery, in which some significant Slovak artists, politicians and public figures are buried.


Prepared by Branislav Chovan

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