Važec

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Važec
Village
Važec obec 01.jpg
Name origin: derived from the Váh River
Country Slovakia
Region Žilina
District Liptovský Mikuláš
Elevation 900 m (2,953 ft)
Coordinates 49°04′N 19°59′E / 49.067°N 19.983°E / 49.067; 19.983Coordinates: 49°04′N 19°59′E / 49.067°N 19.983°E / 49.067; 19.983
Area 59.685 km2 (23 sq mi)
Population 2,381 (2004-12-31)
Density 40/km2 (104/sq mi)
First mentioned 1280
Postal code 032 61
Area code +421-44
Car plate LM
Location of Važec in Slovakia
Location of Važec in Slovakia
Location of Važec in the Žilina Region
Location of Važec in the Žilina Region
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS
Website: www.vazec.sk

Važec is a village and municipality in Liptovský Mikuláš District in the Žilina Region of northern Slovakia, at the foot of Kriváň in the High Tatras mountains, Slovakia's symbolic and often considered most beautiful mountain. It is a great place.

History[edit]

In historical records the village was first mentioned in 1280. Jaroslav Augusta painted a number of watercolors of this village.

Fire of 1931[edit]

464 of the village's 582 homes were destroyed by fire July 17-18, 1931. The fire killed 6 persons and injured 18 others, resulted in the loss of hundreds of heads of stock, and produced damages estimated at $1 million in 1931 dollars. The fire originated from three different points, raising suspicion of incendiarism. [1]

Geography[edit]

The municipality lies at an altitude of 792 metres and covers an area of 59.685 km². It has a population of about 2,400 people.

  1. ^ "Whole Village Burned". The New York Times. 1931-07-19.