A basilica in Šaštín
|Elevation||170 m (558 ft)|
|Area||41.951 km2 (16.197 sq mi)|
|Population||5,056 (31 December 2005)|
|Density||121 / km2 (313 / sq mi)|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||908 41|
|Wikimedia Commons: Šaštín-Stráže|
Šaštín-Stráže (German: Schoßberg-Strascha, Hungarian: Sasvár-Morvaőr) is a town in the Senica District, Trnava Region in western Slovakia. Originally two separate villages, now it is one of the youngest towns in Slovakia, having received town privileges on 1 September 2001.
The first written mention about Šaštín-Stráže was in 1218. In the Middle Ages this settlement was part of the Székely border defense of the Hungarian Kingdom. Therefore the village has historical connections with the Székely ethnic group. Although the town's two parts, Šaštín and Stráže nad Myjavou were for long two separate villages, their history is closely connected to each other. The villages merged in 1961 under name Šaštínske Stráže, changed in 1971 to the current name.
According to the 2001 census, the town had 5,005 inhabitants. 95.44% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 2.06% Roma and 1.50% Czechs. The religious makeup was 88.45% Roman Catholics, 7.31% people with no religious affiliation, and 1.34% Lutherans.
- "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2007-12-25.
- "Národná bazilika Panny Márie" [Roman Catholic Church in Slovakia]. Retrieved 2008-09-08.
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