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Bysterec (Šíp)

THIS POSTCARD from shortly after the First World War is a reproduction of a painting by Czech artist Karel Pospíšil that shows log houses in Bysterec, which is now part of the town of Dolný Kubín in northwestern Slovakia.

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THIS POSTCARD from shortly after the First World War is a reproduction of a painting by Czech artist Karel Pospíšil that shows log houses in Bysterec, which is now part of the town of Dolný Kubín in northwestern Slovakia. Šíp mountain is in the background.

The mountains of central and eastern Slovakia have long been among the most popular topics for the region's artists. The landmasses depicted most often include Choč, Rozsutec, Babia Hora, Kriváň and Sitno.

Rocky Šíp is part of the Veľká Fatra mountain range that borders the Orava region. Its large peak holds limestone deposits and a 20-metre-deep ice cave. Nowadays, this area is a nature reserve.


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