"On the left bank of the Váh river, close to Žilina, Slovakia, you'll find the Strečno Castle on top of the limestone rock. In the past it was the safest fort in the Považie region. Today it is a well preserved ruin.
Ľudovít Štúr was the leader of the Slovak national revival in the 19th century, the author of the Slovak language standard eventually leading to the contemporary Slovak literary language. Štúr was an organizer of the Slovak volunteer campaigns during the 1848 Revolution, he was also politician, poet, journalist, publisher, teacher, philosopher, linguist and member of the Hungarian Parliament.