Stará Bystrica

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Stará Bystrica
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Stará Bystrica (Slovakia)
Stará Bystrica
Stará Bystrica
Basic data
State : Slovakia
Kraj : Žilinský kraj
Okres : Čadca
Region : Kysuce
Area : 36.909 km²
Residents : 2,751 (Dec 31, 2019)
Population density : 75 inhabitants per km²
Height : 484  m nm
Postal code : 023 04
Telephone code : 0 41
Geographic location : 49 ° 21 ′  N , 18 ° 56 ′  E Coordinates: 49 ° 20 ′ 50 ″  N , 18 ° 56 ′ 20 ″  E
License plate : CA
Kód obce : 509477
Community type : local community
Structure of the municipality: 2 parts of the community
Administration (as of November 2018)
Mayor : Ján Podmanický
Address: Obecný úrad Stará Bystrica
023 04 Stará Bystrica
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Stará Bystrica (Hungarian Óbeszterce ) is a place and a municipality in the Okres Čadca des Žilinský kraj in northern Slovakia . As of December 31, 2019, there were 2,751 inhabitants in the municipality.


The municipality is located in the traditional Kysuce landscape , in the south-western part of the Slovenské Beskydy ("Slovak Beskydy"), part of the Beskydy Mountains , in the valley of the Bystrica river . Stará Bystrica is 20 kilometers from Čadca , 35 kilometers from Žilina and 45 kilometers from Námestovo and can be reached from the 520 national road.

The municipality is divided into the municipal parts Lány and Stará Bystrica.


Astronomical clock in place

The current place is indirectly mentioned in writing for the first time in 1417 in a document from the Neutra bishop Hinko, where a place called Stará Dedina ("old village") is mentioned. In the late 16th century Wallachian colonization took place and the place belonged to the rule of the Strečno castle , later of Teplička. In 1667 the first known church is documented, which was dedicated to Saint Michael. In 1767 there was an ironworks in the place and iron ore was mined for some time; there was also a brick factory. In the 19th century many residents emigrated to the Banat , Slavonia and overseas because of the great poverty .

The Jewish community, which had a population of around 200 at the turn of the century, had a synagogue built, which was completed in 1901. Services have not been held there since 1941 and the synagogue fell into disrepair.

Until 1918 the place was in Trenčín County in the Kingdom of Hungary and then came to the newly formed Czechoslovakia . On April 8, 1945, in the final days of World War II, the whole place burned down completely after a grenade attack. 150 houses were destroyed.


According to the 2011 census, there were 2717 inhabitants in Stará Bystrica, including 2631 Slovaks, eight Czechs, two Ukrainians, one Moravian and two other ethnicities. 75 residents did not provide any information. 2523 residents supported the Roman Catholic Church, three residents the Evangelical Church AB, one resident each for the Orthodox Church and the Evangelical Methodist Church, and six residents were of other denominations. 49 inhabitants had no denomination and the denomination of 134 inhabitants has not been determined.

Results after the 2001 census (2628 inhabitants):

By ethnicity:

  • 99.39% Slovaks
  • 0.11% Czechs

By denomination:

  • 96.84% Roman Catholic
  • 2.70% no answer
  • 0.34% non-denominational
  • 0.11% Protestant


  • Roman Catholic neo-Gothic church of St. Michael from 1892
  • Baroque-classical chapel from the 18th century

An astronomical clock was recently built in Stará Bystrica in 2009 , which is the first clock of its kind in Slovakia.

See also:  List of listed objects in Stará Bystrica

Individual evidence

  1. 2011 census by ethnicity (Slovak)
  2. 2011 census by denomination (Slovak)
  3. Pražský orloj - The Prague Astronomical Clock. První slovenský orloj ve Staré Bystrici., accessed April 26, 2011 (Czech).

Web links

Commons : Stará Bystrica  - collection of images, videos and audio files