Ilava

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Not to be confused with Iława.
For the Indian caste, see Billava.
Coordinates: 48°59′37″N 18°14′04″E / 48.99361°N 18.23444°E / 48.99361; 18.23444
Ilava
Town
Ilava.jpg
Country Slovakia
Region Trenčín
District Ilava
River Váh
Elevation 255 m (837 ft)
Coordinates 48°59′37″N 18°14′04″E / 48.99361°N 18.23444°E / 48.99361; 18.23444
Area 24.302 km2 (9.383 sq mi)
Population 5,414 (2005)
Density 223 / km2 (578 / sq mi)
First mentioned 1332
Mayor Štefan Daško
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 019 01
Area code +421-42
Car plate IL
Location of Ilava in Slovakia
Location of Ilava in Slovakia
Location of Ilava in the Trenčín Region
Location of Ilava in the Trenčín Region
Wikimedia Commons: Ilava
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS
Website: www.ilava.sk

Ilava (German: Illau, Hungarian: Illava) is a town in the Trenčín Region, northwestern Slovakia.

Geography[edit]

It is located in the Ilava Basin near the Váh river at the foothills of Strážovské vrchy mountains, near the cities of Považská Bystrica and Trenčín. In addition to the main settlement, it also has "boroughs" of Iliavka and Klobušice (both since 1969, latter with a Classic castle).

History[edit]

The first written reference to the town dates from 1332/1337, the town charter stems from 1339.[citation needed] The settlement developed below a Gothic castle (bearing the same name) from the 13th century, turned into a Renaissance fortification in the 16th century, into a monastery in 1693 and finally, in 1856, into a prison. A concentration camp was in the prison in 1938.[citation needed]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2001 census, the town had 5,441 inhabitants. 98.1% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 0.9% Czechs and 0.1% Roma and Hungarians.[1] The religious makeup was 87.2% Roman Catholics, 7.9% people with no religious affiliation, and 1.2% Lutherans.[1]

Famous people[edit]

It is the birthplace of two-time Stanley Cup Champion and current Florida Panthers left winger Tomáš Kopecký as well as Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar. Also, former vice-chairman of Social Democratic Party of Slovakia Rastislav Blaško.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2007-10-27. Retrieved 2007-11-06. 

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