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Orava, with the Malá Fatras in the background, used to be among the most backward and isolated of Slovak regions. Accessibility alone was a problem: It was difficult to pass through the steep valleys and the rough Orava River.
In contrast, the neighbouring Turiec region has always been easily accessible, as the Váh River, apart from a few stretches, is easily navigable.
This postcard from World War II shows the legendary Rozsutec peak in the central background.
9. May 2005 at 0:00 | Branislav Chovan