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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
8. Jan 2007 at 0:00