Skalica is the largest town in Skalica District in western Slovakia in the Záhorie region. Located near the Czech border, Skalica has a population of around 15,000; the name is derived from Slovak word skala referring to the cliffs the inhabitants built their settlement over. The first written record of Skalica was made in 1217 as Szacholca; the site was part of the Great Moravian Empire. From the second half of the 10th century until 1918, it was part of the Kingdom of Hungary; the settlement developed around a triangular plaza, rare during the Middle Ages. Its town privileges were conferred in 1372 by King Louis I of Hungary. In 1428 Skalica became a bastion for the Hussites. Many Habaners settled in Skalica in the 16th century. On 6 November 1918 Skalica became the seat of the Temporary Government of Slovakia, for ten days de facto capital of Slovakia; the Temporary Government led by Vavro Šrobár declared here a sovereignty of the Czechoslovak state, published a newspaper Sloboda and unsuccessfully tried to negotiate the removal of Hungarian troops from Upper Hungary.

After World War II, the town tried to take advantage of its position as a district town, many new works and apartments blocks were built, while preserving its historical city centre. In 1960, Skalica became part of Senica district; this lasted until 1996. Didaktik computers were produced in Skalica during the 1980s; the 2006 European Table Hockey Championships were held in the town. A popular pastry called. Now sold all over the Slovak and Czech Republics, this unusual "stove-pipe" shaped pastry has its origins in Transylvania. Today, it is economically the strongest town in the Záhorie region, bypassing its rival town Senica for this position, is becoming a tourist destination thanks to its preserved town centre and historical monuments. Near the remnants of one of Skalica's city walls is one of Slovakia's oldest works of construction, the Romanesque Rotunda of St. George. Although its exact date of origin is unknown, it was constructed by the 12th century at the latest. A Baroque dome was attached to it in the 17th century.

The city has several churches, including a Jesuit church and monastery, the 15th century Parish Church of St. Michael, the 15th century Franciscan church and monastery. Other sights are Skalica's Late Renaissance town hall and the Skalica Culture House built in the Art Nouveau with elements of Czech and Slovak folklore. According to the 2001 census, the town had 15,013 inhabitants. 94.84 % of inhabitants were 0.61 % Roma. The religious make-up was 70.15% Roman Catholics, 19.92% people with no religious affiliation and 6.67% Lutherans. HK 36 Skalica, ice hockey club from the town and MFK Skalica, football club in the Slovak Super Liga.ŠK Bandy hokej Skalica is one of three bandy clubs in Slovakia. In 2019 it won the rink bandy league. Béla II of Hungary, king János Csernoch, primate of Hungary Ján Hollý, studied in Skalica Gyula Juhász, poet Milan Mišík, university professor Žigmund Pálffy, ice hockey player Marián Varga, musician Miroslav Zálešák, ice hockey player Skalica is twinned with: List of municipalities and towns in Slovakia Media related to Skalica at Wikimedia Commons Official page Municipal website Churches of Skalica Stamp of Rotunda of St. George

Main Street Historic District (Cromwell, Connecticut)

The Main Street Historic District in Cromwell, Connecticut is bounded by Nooks Hill Rd. Prospect Hill Rd. Wall and West Sts. and New Ln. and Stevens Ln. and Main St. It includes two town greens, historic homes and the Cromwell Historical Society; the historic district is linear and starts from "Patriots Corner" and runs north along Main Street past the Memorial Green at Wall Street. Towards the northern end, the district widens to encompass both Main Street and Prospect Hill Road until about Nooks Hill Road, including the Valour Green; the district has an area of 130 acres. The district is notable in capturing the transformation of a rural 18th-century village center into a 20th-century town, with representative architecture from every major architectural style seen between 1750 and 1935; the district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Cromwell was settled in the 17th century, remained predominantly agricultural in character well into the 19th century, it had a small but locally important port on the Connecticut River, which declined in the 19th century, Main Street afterward became the principal economic and civic area of the town.

Main Street was part of a major turnpike route, connecting Hartford and Old Saybrook, is where the town's early civic buildings were located. National Register of Historic Places listings in Middlesex County, Connecticut


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