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Hlohovec panorama.JPG
Hlohovec, view from south
Coat of arms
Country Slovakia
Region Trnava
District Hlohovec
Tourism region Dolné Považie
River Váh
Elevation 156 m (512 ft)
Coordinates 48°26′00″N 17°48′12″E / 48.43333°N 17.80333°E / 48.43333; 17.80333Coordinates: 48°26′00″N 17°48′12″E / 48.43333°N 17.80333°E / 48.43333; 17.80333
Area 64.125 km2 (24.76 sq mi)
Population 22,192 (2011-12-31)
Density 346/km2 (896/sq mi)
First mentioned 1113
Mayor Miroslav Kolár
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 920 01
Area code +421-33
Car plate HC
Location of Hlohovec in Slovakia
Location of Hlohovec in Slovakia
Location of Hlohovec in the Trnava Region
Location of Hlohovec in the Trnava Region
Wikimedia Commons: Hlohovec
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS
Website: www.hlohovec.sk

Hlohovec (German: Freistadt(l) an der Waag, Hungarian Galgóc, is a town in southwestern Slovakia, with a population of 22,192.[1]


The name comes from *Glogovec, the Old Slavic name for a place densely overgrown by hawthorn. The Hungarian form Galgóc was adopted before a phonological change g > h in Slovak language.[2]


The first written evidence of its existence is from 1113, when a town with the name Galgocz was mentioned in the so-called Second Zobor Document. In 1362 Hlohovec obtained town privileges. Ottoman troops captured city and annexed it to the sanjak of Uyvar as the Holok eyalet in 1663. Austrian troops retook it in 1685.


Aerial photography of the castle

The dominant building is a Renaissance-Baroque castle built in 1720. The castle is built on the place of a pre-existing Slavic settlement and a medieval castle. In the castle area is the Empire theatre built in 1802, a riding school from the 18th century, and a Baroque garden pavilion.

In the middle of St. Michael Square stands the Gothic church of St. Michael with its highly decorated portal. Next to the church is the Chapel of Saint Anna from the 18th century. In the northern border of the central part of the town is the Franciscan church and monastery built in 1492. Part of the monastery premises nowadays occupies the Museum of National History and Geography.

The most visited and beautiful natural part of town is the castle park with its lake, French terraces, and rare wood-species, especially old sycamore trees.


According to the 1910 census the town had 7749 inhabitants: 5645 Slovaks 1401 Hungarians and 667 Germans, 83.6% of the people were Roman Catholic, 13.7% Jewish and 2.1% Lutheran. According to the 2001 census, the town had 23,729 inhabitants. 97.85% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 0.72% Roma and 0.63% Czechs.[3] The religious make-up was 79.58% Roman Catholics, 14.85% people with no religious affiliation and 2.44% Lutherans.[3]

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Hlohovec is twinned with:

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  1. ^ http://mesto.hlohovec.sk/download_file_f.php?id=236853 Population as to end of 2011 Retrieved 2012-01-16
  2. ^ Martin Štefánik - Ján Lukačka et al. 2010, Lexikón stredovekých miest na Slovensku, Historický ústav SAV, Bratislava, pp. 164, ISBN 978-80-89396-11-5. http://forumhistoriae.sk/-/lexikon-stredovekych-miest-na-slovensku
  3. ^ a b "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 

Genealogical resources[edit]

The records for genealogical research are available at the state archive "Statny Archiv in Bratislava, Nitra, Slovakia"

  • Roman Catholic church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1660_1901 (parish A)
  • Lutheran church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1792-1928 (parish B)

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