Orava Beskids

A mountain range on Orava’s northern border. The highest and most beautiful mountain in the Orava Beskids is Babia hora (1725 m), which is also the most northerly point in Slovakia and considered the “queen of Orava’s mountains” and a symbol of the region as whole. It ranks with Kráľova hoľa and Kriváň as one of the three Slovak national mountains. During the Communist period there was a plaque at the summit commemorating an ascent by Lenin. In the 1990s the plaque was removed and replaced with one commemorating visits by John Paul II, who climbed the mountain several times while still Archbishop of Cracow.