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Žilina (in German: Sillein) is a city in northwestern Slovakia. It is located on the confluence of the Vah and Kysuca rivers. Population: 86,800. Seat of a region (kraj) or a Higher Territorial Unit (VC), and of a district (okres).

There was a Slavic settlement in the 13th century at the place. It became a free royal town in 1312. Today Žilina is the third largest town of Slovakia and houses a university (founded 1953). Since 1990 the historical centre of the city has been largely restored.

Marianske namestie, the main square

Church of the Holy Trinity and Burian Tower