Rajec (-Slovak and Hungarian, German: Rajetz) is a town in the Žilina District, Žilina Region in northern Slovakia.

Rajec
Town
SNP Square, Rajec
SNP Square, Rajec
Coat of arms of Rajec
Rajec is located in Slovakia
Rajec
Rajec
Location of Rajec in Slovakia
Coordinates: 49°05′13″N 18°37′58″E / 49.08694°N 18.63278°E / 49.08694; 18.63278Coordinates: 49°05′13″N 18°37′58″E / 49.08694°N 18.63278°E / 49.08694; 18.63278
CountrySlovakia
RegionŽilina
DistrictŽilina
First mentioned1193
Government
 • MayorMilan Lipka
Area
 • Total31.46 km2 (12.15 sq mi)
Elevation
452 m (1,483 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31[1])
 • Total5,777
 • Density180/km2 (480/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
015 01
Area code(s)+421-41
Car plateZA
Websitewww.rajec.sk

EtymologyEdit

Rajec, Rajčianka, Rajčanka are derived from Proto-Slavic appelative *rajь – a wet, muddy place (modern Slovak raj – a paradise, "a place with rich vegetation").[2]

HistoryEdit

The first written record about Rajec was in 1193 as Raich, in a document issued by King Béla III. The first mention as a town comes from 1397.

GeographyEdit

Rajec lies at an altitude of 452 metres (1,483 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 31.459 square kilometres (12.1 sq mi).[3] It is situated between Strážovské vrchy and Malá Fatra mountains, in the Rajčanka river valley, around 20 km (12 mi) south-south-west of Žilina.

DemographicsEdit

According to the 2001 census, the town had 6,074 inhabitants. 98.86% of inhabitants were Slovaks and 0.68% Czechs.[3] The religious make-up was 92.79% Roman Catholics, 3.42% people with no religious affiliation and 1.89% Lutherans.[3]

SightseeingsEdit

  • Town Hall, renaissance one-floor building available from all sides. Open arcades served like market. On the second floor, there were administrative rooms of town council. After the newest reconstruction in 1992, the arcades are full glassed and the town hall serve as wedding, concert and exhibition room. (3D Model)
  • Town museum, former brewery residence

Twin towns — sister citiesEdit

Rajec is twinned with:[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Population and migration". Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  2. ^ Krško, Jaromír (2011). Hydronymia horného povodia Váhu [Hydronymy of the Upper Váh Basin] (in Slovak). Banská Bystrica: Univerzita Mateja Bela. p. 125.
  3. ^ a b c "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "Partnerské kraje a mestá". rajec.info (in Slovak). Rajec. Retrieved 2019-09-09.

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