Surrounded by very
picturesque mountains of the Fatra range, in the northern Slovakia lays
very peculiar and hence also attractive region called the Turiec.
This is a hollow, a
river, a wreath made of ruffled mountains and rocky hills, a natural area
composed of fields, meadows, the dark greenery of spruce and pine forests.
For all these attributes the people living here have termed this region
"The Turcianska Zahrada" garden. What justifies this
epithet is the abundance of natural beauties, picturesque scenes of deep
valleys projecting into bizarre limestone and dolomite walls, dense
forests abounding with trophy game, meadows and mountain pastures with
varied and rare flora, crystalline dear torrents harboring trout, grayling
and huchen, a genuine oasis of tranquility and peace.
This chanted, praised
region, inhabited already in the Late Stone Age, Early Bronze Age, Latin
and Roman times, as archeological finding testify a region abounding with
relics of popular art, had been very poor in the past. Hence apart of its
population carded its living by oil selling and a part immigrated to
faraway lands. By its transformations this region belongs at present to
the most remarkable ones in the Slovak Republic.
In its metropolis Martin,
the highest Slovak cultural institution Matica Slovenska has its head
Over the time the
charming valleys of the Turiec have changed into vivid, frequented centers
They include the mountain
pastures of Martin, Jasenska and Kantorska dolina valleys, the canyon
like valleys Gaderska and Blatnicka, the attractive southern hillsides
of the Mala Fatra mountains and the cherished Turcianske Teplice, a
spa with abundant thermal springs. Natural beauties are coupled also with
many relics of cultural history.
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Published in the Slovak
Heritage Live newsletter Volume 1, No. 2, Summer 1993
Copyright © Vladimir Linder 1993
Street, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5C 1P6
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