Malacky

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Coordinates: 48°26′09″N 17°01′04″E / 48.43583°N 17.01778°E / 48.43583; 17.01778
Malacky
Town
MA kastiel.jpg
Manor-house in Malacky
Flag
Coat of arms
Country Slovakia
Region Bratislava
District Malacky
Tourism region Záhorie
Elevation 159 m (522 ft)
Coordinates 48°26′09″N 17°01′04″E / 48.43583°N 17.01778°E / 48.43583; 17.01778
Area 59.81 km2 (23.09 sq mi)
Population 17,847 (31 December 2005)
Density 298 / km2 (772 / sq mi)
First mentioned 1206
Mayor RNDr. Jozef Ondrejka
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 90101
Area code +421-34
Car plate MA
Location of Malacky in Slovakia
Location of Malacky in Slovakia
Location of Malacky in the Bratislava Region
Location of Malacky in the Bratislava Region
Wikimedia Commons: Malacky
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS
Website: www.malacky.sk
Manor house in Malacky

Malacky (-Slovak, German: Malatzka, Hungarian: Malacka) is a town and municipality in western Slovakia around 35 kilometres (22 miles) north from capital Bratislava. From the second half of the 10th century until 1918, it was part of the Kingdom of Hungary. The name of the city, which was first mentioned in writing in 1206, refers to the Hungarian word "Malacka" which means "piglet" in Hungarian and because the town seal features a pig, although some Slovaks[weasel words] deny the Hungarian origin of the name and argue that it refers to a local stream.

It is one of the centres of the region "Záhorie", between the Little Carpathians in the east and Morava River in the west and a cultural and economic hub for nearby villages such as Gajary, Kostolište, Veľké Leváre and Jakubov. The town is located on the large Prague-Brno-Bratislava highway, and many residents commute daily to Bratislava. The Little Carpathians mountain range with its network of signposted trails provides excellent opportunities for mountain biking.

Famous Buildings and Sites[edit]

The most prominent sites in Malacky include the Franciscan church of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the so-called "Palffy Palace" and the renovated synagogue. The church includes a precise from 1653 of the so-called Holy Stairs (Scala Sancta) that Christ ascended to the Pretorium of Pilate.[1] The Palffy Palace until recently was used as a hospital and is currently unoccupied. It has recently been acquired by the local municipaty. Located in the center of Malacky is also a large, oriental-style, renovated synagogue built in 1886 which is now being used a cultural center. Adjacent to it there is sport arena "MALINA" containing two indoor swimming pools (25m and 12m) and a multifunctional hall used for handball, basketball, volleyball and indoor football.

Economy[edit]

Swedspan, a subsidiary of Ikea, operates a large lumber plant just south of the city. Additionally the Kuchyňa airbase, which is occasionally used by the US Air Force and other NATO air forces for training purposes, is located approximately 10 km (6 mi) east of the city.

In September 2008, Slovak National Party (SNS) President Ján Slota facilitated the erection of a large Slovak cross near Malacky as a demonstration of Slovak nationalism.[2]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2001 census, the town had 18,063 inhabitants. 96.68% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 1.02% Czechs and 0.51% Hungarians.[3] The religious makeup was 70.35% Roman Catholics, 19.48% people with no religious affiliation, and 1.98% Lutherans.

People[edit]

Twin Towns - Sister Cities[edit]

Malacky is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Malacky". Slovak Spectator. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  2. ^ "Slota Ridicules Hungarians". Slovak Spectator. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  3. ^ "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  4. ^ "Kronika rok 2001 až 2003". Obeczohor.sk. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  5. ^ "Around Slovakia - The Slovak Spectator". Spectator.sme.sk. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 

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