City centre of Skalica
|Elevation||186 m (610 ft)|
|Area||60.007 km2 (23 sq mi)|
|Population||14,963 (31 December 2005)|
|Density||249 / km2 (645 / sq mi)|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||909 01|
|Wikimedia Commons: Skalica|
Skalica (German: Skalitz, Hungarian: Szakolca, Latin: Sakolcium) is the largest city in Skalica District in western Slovakia in the Záhorie region. Located near the Czech border, Skalica has a population of 14,963 (as of 2005).
The site has been inhabited since 4000 BC and 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 first written record of Skalica was made in 1218 as Zaculcza; the name refers to the cliffs the inhabitants built their settlement over. The settlement developed around a triangular plaza, which was 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; during the Hussite Wars, the majority of its then predominantly German-speaking populace fled or was exiled. Many Habaners (adherents of a sect similar to Anabaptism) settled in Skalica in the 16th century. For eight days in 1918 Skalica was the seat of a Czechoslovak delegation which unsuccessfully tried to negotiate the removal of Hungarian troops from Upper Hungary (today Slovakia).
After World War II, the town tried to take advantage of its position as a district town, and many new works, schools and apartments blocks were built, while successfully preserving its historical city centre. In 1960, Skalica became part of Senica district. This lasted until 1996, when Skalica became a separate district again.
Today, it is economically the strongest town in the Záhorie region, bypassing its rival town Senica for this position, and is becoming a tourist destination thanks to its preserved city 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, and 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 Slovaks, 3.61% Czechs and 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
- Béla II of Hungary, king
- János Csernoch, primate of Hungary
- Ján Hollý, poet, studied in Skalica
- Gyula Juhász, poet 
- Milan Mišík, geologist, university professor
- Žigmund Pálffy, ice hockey player
- Marián Varga, musician
- Miroslav Zálešák, ice hockey player
- Jan Velinger, Famous Art Nouveau gem set to reopen http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/famous-art-nouveau-gem-set-to-reopen
- "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
- "Felvidek Ma" (in Hungarian). Szövetség a Közös Célokért. 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
- "Kulturális enciklopédia" (in Hungarian). Osztovits Szabolcs. 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008.