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Coordinates: 49°22′N 20°38′E / 49.367°N 20.633°E / 49.367; 20.633
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Location of Stará Ľubovňa District in the Prešov Region.

Litmanová Hungarian: Hársád, until 1902: Littmanova; German: Littmannsau; Rusyn: Літманова; Ukrainian: Литманова) is a village and municipality in Stará Ľubovňa District in the Prešov Region of northern Slovakia. A small ski resort and a Catholic religious site are located in Litmanová.


In historical records the village was first mentioned in 1412, when Hungary leased Litmanová to Poland in an effort to raise money for a war. After 360 years of Polish rule, Poland returned Litmanová to Hungary in 1772. Before the establishment of independent Czechoslovakia in 1918, Litmanová was part of Szepes County within the Kingdom of Hungary. From 1939 to 1945, it was part of the Slovak Republic. On 24 January 1945, the Red Army dislodged the Wehrmacht from Litmanová and it was once again part of Czechoslovakia. Finally, in 1993, through a joint decision, Czechoslovakia was partitioned into two independent countries, Czechia and Slovakia. Since this time, Litmanová has been part of independent Slovakia. Many residents emigrated to the United States in the early 20th century.


The municipality lies at an altitude of 670 metres (2200 feet) and covers an area of 17.921 square kilometres (6.919 sq mi). It had a population of 629 people in 2004, most of them Rusyns. Litmanová is located very close to the Polish border. No roads cross the border here, but there are a number of hiking trails with border crossings.


Litmanová’s government consists of a head mayor and seven councilmen. Elections are held every four years. Each official is elected by the village people. There are no term limits.


Education in this small village is limited to one tiny schoolhouse. The school holds roughly: 80 pupils, 10 teachers, a principal and a vice-principal. Only grades 1 to 4 are taught here. For further education, pupils must travel to the nearest city, Stará Ľubovňa, approximately 12 km (7 miles) away.

Great religious events[edit]

Shrine of Our Lady of Litmanová, situated in the northern Slovakia.

Between 1990 and 1995, two young girls - Ivetka Korčáková (born 1978) and Katka Češelková (born 1977) - reported several apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of The Immaculate Purity on Zvir Mountain in Litmanová. During these religious events, the visionaries were accompanied by many priests, and now there is a Marian shrine at the place of the apparitions. Many people, not only Slovaks, make pilgrimages to this location to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and obtain water from a holy stream.[1]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Litmanova-Zvir". www.litmanova.net. Retrieved 23 March 2024.

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49°22′N 20°38′E / 49.367°N 20.633°E / 49.367; 20.633