Rajčanka

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Rajčanka
Rajcanka.jpg
River near Porúbka
Basin features
Main source Strážovské vrchy
River mouth Váh in Žilina
49°14′07″N 18°42′31″E / 49.2352°N 18.7085°E / 49.2352; 18.7085Coordinates: 49°14′07″N 18°42′31″E / 49.2352°N 18.7085°E / 49.2352; 18.7085
Progression VáhDanubeBlack Sea
Physical characteristics
Length 47.5 km (29.5 mi)

Rajčanka or Rajčianka (Hungarian: Rajcsánka) is a 47.5 km long river in northern Slovakia springing in Strážovské vrchy near Čičmany and pouring into Váh in Žilina.

It forms the border of Lúčanská Malá Fatra Mountains and of Strážovské vrchy. 32 km of its length are navigable.

Cities along its course are: Rajec, Rajecké Teplice, Žilina.

Names and etymology[edit]

The original name of the river was Lietava, later Žilinka and only after the founding of Rajec (the 14th century) also Rajčanka[1] (see also Etymology of Rajec).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Krško, Jaromír (2011). Hydronymia horného povodia Váhu [Hydronymy of the Upper Váh Basin] (in Slovak). Banská Bystrica: Univerzita Mateja Bela. p. 125.