This town became well known by the Marian apparitions reported by Matúš Lašut between 1958 and 1962.
Turzovka lies at an altitude of 471 metres (1,545 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 34.911 square kilometres (13.5 sq mi). It lies in the Kysuca river valley, surrounded by the mountain ranges of Beskydy and Javorníky.
According to the 2010 census, the town had 7,802 inhabitants. The largest minority group were Czech 0.75% and Roma 0.27%. The religious make-up was 92.74% Roman Catholics and 0.2% Lutherans, most of others gave no affiliation.