Martin is a city in northern Slovakia, situated on the Turiec river, between the Mala Fatra and Velka Fatra mountains, near the city of Zilina. The population numbers approximately 54,000, which makes it the eighth largest city in Slovakia.
The city of Martin was the premier cultural hub of Slovakia in the 19th C. It was the seat of cultural and political activities in Slovakia and a center for industrialization. After Bratislava became the capital of Slovakia, Martin Slovakia lost its significance. But it retains the Slovak Matica and the Slovak National Museum till today which are important cultural centers.
The Jessenius Faculty of Medicine is a medical school in Martin. It is the academic medical teaching and research arm of Comenius University. It is one of the thirteen faculties of the university, and is the only one of the faculties of the university that is not located in Bratislava. It was officially established in 1969. The faculty is named after Ján Jessenius who performed the first public dissection in Prague in 1600.
Current specialization in research is concentrated into several complex areas:
- Molecular Biology
Research in this area focuses a significant portion of the human and economic capacities of JFMED CU and substantially contributes to the creation of results of the scientific-research activities and increases qualification of JFMED employees.
Incomings receive meal tickets (20x3,30 € = 66 €) which serve for boarding. They can use it at restaurants or at supermarkets/grocery stores for buying food and cooking their own meals.
Accomodation for Incomings is provided at students dormitory. The dormitory includes also the student canteen, the 2 gyms, the washing room with washing machines, but without dryer. Almost every floor has a kitchen and a study room. Close to the dormitory there is a swimming pool with a sauna.
The dormitory is about 25-30 minutes from the city center and hospital byfoot.
Photos and more information are available on website: http://eng.jfmed.uniba.sk/index.php?id=3357
The Incomings usually come first to Vrútky by train, where theirs contact person waits for them. Vrútky is transport hub, that connects western and eastern Slovakia. Afterthat they will go to Martin by bus or taxi.
Transport to Vrútky by train: https://cp.hnonline.sk/bus/spojenie/ http://www.slovakrail.sk/en.html
It is important for Incomings to be in touch with their contact person before theirs arrival.
A skansen in an open air museum full of old buildings that are from all over Slovakia. There are farm houses, work houses, a church and other various buildings. One can go into some of the homes, which are decorated with period furniture.
Slovak National Museum: This museum has a very interesting collection of folk costumes from all over the country. Really illustrates how someone lived in the surrounding area a hundred years or so ago.
The High Tatra is a mountain-range, the highest and most Northern of the entire Carpathian mountains. These mountains are a giant curve through Romania, Ukraine and Slovakia.
In the High Tatra you can hike, climb and in winter ski as well. In Martin it is possible ti visit Martinky mountans.
Orava castle- one hour from Martin by bus is a village Oravský Podzámok where is situated one of the most beautiful castles in Central Europe. This castle is built on a high rock above Orava river. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Slovakia. The castle was built in the Kingdom of Hungary in the thirteenth century.
The thermal spas Turčianske Teplice are among the most popular in Slovakia, also amongst foreign tourists. Thermal mineral water of Turiec has proved to have healing effects due to its high content of minerals (1524 mg/l). The level of mineralization of the mineral water of Turiec belongs to the highest and not only in Slovakia. In the spa, there is provided treatment for diseases of kidneys and urinary tract, disorder of musculoskeletal system or diseases of nervous system, gynaecological diseases and other. You may also enjoy local Aqua Park with slides, whirlpools and pools with the healing thermal water or various relaxation and wellness stays. https://www.therme.sk/en/
The other information about castles, skansens, scenery and tourist attractions near the town you can find there: http://www.slovakia.com
We look forward to welcoming you and we hope that your exchange in Martin will be successful.
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