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Zamky.Sk Bytca.jpg
Coat of arms
Country Slovakia
Region Žilina
District Bytča
Tourism region Horné Považie
River Váh
Elevation 308 m (1,010 ft)
Coordinates 49°13′27″N 18°33′51″E / 49.22417°N 18.56417°E / 49.22417; 18.56417Coordinates: 49°13′27″N 18°33′51″E / 49.22417°N 18.56417°E / 49.22417; 18.56417
Area 43.168 km2 (16.667 sq mi)
Population 11,595 (31 December 2006)
Density 269/km2 (697/sq mi)
First mentioned 1234
Mayor Miroslav Minárčik
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 014 01
Area code +421-41
Car plate BY
Location of Bytča in Slovakia
Location of Bytča in Slovakia
Location of Bytča in the Žilina Region
Location of Bytča in the Žilina Region
Wikimedia Commons: Bytča
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS

Bytča (Hungarian: Nagybiccse) is a town in northwestern Slovakia. It is located on the Váh River near the cities of Žilina and Považská Bystrica, it belongs to Upper Váh region of tourism.


The town arose in 1946 by a merger of the settlements Malá Bytča (including Beňov and Mikšová), Veľká Bytča and Hliník nad Váhom, the first written reference to the town's main part Veľká Bytča dates from 1234 as terra Bycha.[1] The settlement got its town charter in 1378, it was the seat of a feudal dominion and later a town with many craftsmen. In Hungarian, it was known as Biccse.


The town features a famous castle the Thurzó Castle built as a water castle by Pongrác Szentmiklósi in the 13th century and rebuilt in the 16th century in Renaissance style by Ferenc Thurzó, the town also houses the Wedding Palace (built by György Thurzó for his daughters' wedding) from 1601, which is the only building of this kind in Slovakia, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical bourgeoisie houses, an archive, and a museum (in the Wedding Palace).


According to the 2001 census, the town had 11,150 inhabitants. 98.27% of inhabitants were Slovaks and 0.58% Czechs.[2] The religious make-up was 90.87% Roman Catholics, 4.35% people with no religious affiliation and 1.51% Lutherans.[2]


Today, the town is home to machine (Kinex), textile, wood processing (sports equipment), and food (brewery) industries.


Bytča includes the following former villages: Psurnovice, Hrabove, Horne Hlboke, Dolne Hlboke, Hlboke nad Vahom, Benov, Miksova, Hlinik nad Vahom, Velka Bytca, Mala Bytca.[3]

Current boroughs (year of merger in brackets):

  • Beňov (c. 1899 with Malá Bytča, probably Hungarian name was Banya)
  • Hliník nad Váhom (1946, Hungarian: Hlinik; also called Vágagyagos between 1899 and 1919)
  • Hrabové (1971; Hungarian: Hrabova; also called Rabó between 1899 and 1919)
  • Malá Bytča (1946; Hungarian: Kisbiccse, German: Klein-Bitsch; also called Miksofalva from 1907 to 1919)
  • Mikšová (1907 with Malá Bytča, Hungarian: Miksófalvá)
  • Pšurnovice (1971; Hungarian: Psurnovicz; also called Legelővölgy between 1899 and 1919)
  • Veľká Bytča (1946; Hungarian: Nagybiccse, German: Groß-Bitsch)

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Bytča is twinned with:

Notable people[edit]

  • Adolf Neubauer, Jewish scholar
  • Jozef Tiso (1887–1947) , Slovak priest, politician and leader of the First Slovak Republic (1939–1945) executed for war crimes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chronológia mesta Bytča
  2. ^ a b "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  3. ^ [1]

Genealogical resources[edit]

The records for genealogical research are available at the state archive "Statny Archiv in Bytca, Slovakia"

  • Roman Catholic church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1630-1900 (parish A)

External links[edit]