Žilina is a city in north-western Slovakia, close to both the Czech and Polish borders. It is an important industrial center, and the largest city on the Váh river.
Sights in the historic centre of the town are a part of the Town Monument Reserve. These include the Baroque Church of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle from the mid-18th century, which is the architectural dominant of the town. The Most Holy Trinity Church (Cathedral) was built around 1400 on the site where there used to be a castle in the 13th century. The Burianova veža tower standing near the church is one of the oldest Renaissance belfries in Slovakia. The Church of St. Stephen the King is the oldest preserved architectural monument in the territory of Žilina. Experts date the origin of this Late Romanesque church to the 13th century. Its interior ornamentation is especially valuable. The Castle of Budatín is the dominant of the northern periphery of Žilina. The Castle has a unique exhibition of tinkers trade products, the only one of its kind in the world.