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Ružomberok was unfortunate - which was the case with many medieval towns - in that its development depended on the domain of its royal castle. And although Ružomberok stood more chance of becoming an independent town than any in the Liptov region, it never happened. The lords of Likava castle (near Ružomberok) were simply too powerful.
Nevertheless, the town enjoyed a high status, with surrounding villages relying on its convenient position. Also, Ružomberok always made sure it paid its various fees. The town's tax collectors visited every citizen, and even shepherds living high in the mountains could not hide from them. But instead of money, they often paid with what they had - a sheep or a ram.
This postcard shows Ružomberok at the start of the 1920s.
Prepared by Branislav Chovan
7. Nov 2005 at 0:00