Entrance to the spa in Turčianske Teplice
|Elevation||495 m (1,624 ft)|
|Area||33.483 km2 (12.928 sq mi)|
|Density||207/km2 (536/sq mi)|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||039 01|
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Turčianske Teplice (German: Bad Stuben; Hungarian: Stubnyafürdő) is a town in central Slovakia in the Žilina Region. It is about halfway between Martin and Kremnica. As of 2005[update] the town's population was 6,941. The town was the historic center of the Upper Turiec subregion within the Turiec region (comitatus), and now enjoys the status of a capital of the Turčianske Teplice District.
The town is one of the oldest spa towns in Europe, and was originally known as Štubnianske Teplice. It was first mentioned in text dating from 1281 when King Ladislaus IV of Hungary granted the lands surrounding the springs to a Count Peter. The spa became popular with royalty, including King Sigismund of Hungary and Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico. The recuperative abilities of the spa were first studied by the University of Halle medical student Jan Lisschoviny.
Štubnianske Teplice was renamed Turčianske Teplice in 1946. In 1951 the town merged with the community of Vieska.
Turčianske Teplice lies at an altitude of 520 metres (1,706 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 33.483 square kilometres (12.928 square miles). It lies in the Turiec Basin and is surrounded in proximity by the Greater Fatra, Kremnica, Žiar and Lesser Fatra mountain ranges.
The divisions of the town include:
- Diviaky (1951-1955 and 1971)
- Dolná Štubňa (incorporated in 1971)
- Turčiansky Michal (incorporated in 1971)
- Turčianske Teplice
According to the 2001 census, the town had 7,031 inhabitants. 97.98% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 0.67% Czech and 0.37% Germans. The religious make-up was 48.09% Roman Catholics, 30.56% Lutherans, and 17.24% people with no religious affiliation.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Turčianske Teplice is twinned with:
- Mikuláš Galanda, a modern painter, graphic designer and illustrator.
- Matúš Černák, diplomat
- Jozef Lettrich, politician
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