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The city Martin is located in northern Slovakia, in the Turiec basin and is the administrative and cultural center of this region. It stands out with its many cultural and artistic institutions, especially the Slovak National Library (Matica Slovenska). You can start your tour of historical Martin, which dates back to the year 1284 by visiting the dominant building in Namestşe Square which houses the Turcianska Galeria (Gallery of Turiec). It contains art works of the region from the Gothic period up to the present time. In the former building of the first Slovak National Museum from 1908 which stands next the Narodny dom (National House) is now the Turcianske muzeum Andreja Kmeta (Andrej Kmets Museum of Turiec). You can visit the museum with a guide which is the regional centre of homeland studies of the region and also visit the second building of the Slovak National Museum at Mala hora dating from 1932, which houses the Ethnographic Museum. After the merger of Ethnography Museum with the Bratislave based Slovak National Museum in 1961, the museum began to specialise in the preservation, research, documentation and presentation of folk material and spiritual culture in Slovakia.

Martin is situated on the Turiec River in northern Slovakia, in an excellent location between the Mala Fatra and Velka Fatra mountains. Martin has the titile of being the eighth largest city in Slovakia and is located near to the city of Zilina. The population of Martin is approximately 54,000 and is the center of the Turiec region and the District of Martin, and has become a popular tourist destination for those traveling to Bratislava. You can say that the Castle of Sklabina which is located in mountains Velka Fatra mountains, reflects the features of gothic and Renaissance architecture details. You can catch great photos by climbing the Castle of Sklabina, which is a 15-minute walk from the village of Sklabinsky Podzamok. Do not forget to spend an enjoyable time in Chata na Martinskych, which is one of the ideal places for picnics and nature walks.

The oldest builing in the city Martin is the Church which was built in the 13th century and reflects Romanesque architecture. Museum of the Slovak Village Museum is an open-air museum, which draws attention with its exhibits reflecting the traditional rural architecture and folk traditions of the region of Turiec and is definitely worth seeing. The Slovak National Cemetery, is officially named the Slovak Hall of Fame, is an eye-catching building and inspired by the Pantheon in Paris. The Slovak Chamber Theatre was established in 1944 is one of the city's turning points in terms of culture and art, so you should definitely add it to your list of places to visit.

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