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Banska Stiavnica is the gem among the towns of Slovakia. Its undeniable beauty caused it to be one of the first Slovak towns to be included into the List of the World Cultural Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1996.
Banska Stiavnica / © Ladislav Struhár │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardBanska Stiavnica / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardBanska Stiavnica - Old Castle / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist Board
Banska Stiavnica / © Alexander Vojček │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardBanska Stiavnica / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardBanska Stiavnica / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist Board
Banska Stiavnica / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardBanska Stiavnica / © Róbert Buga │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardBanska Stiavnica / © Ladislav Struhár │Source: Slovak Tourist Board
 
In 1735, the oldest mining school in the Kingdom of Hungary was founded there. It was promoted to the Mining Academy in 1762, the first superior mining school of its kind in Europe. The dominant feature of the town centre is the Old Castle standing on the west terrace of the Trinity square. The oldest part of the Castle is the former parish church of the Virgin Mary. It was built together with the adjacent ossuary of St. Michael in the 13th century as the three-nave Romanesque basilica. Today, the Old Castle houses the Slovak Mining Museum. The New Castle has been standing on the opposite hill since 1571. It also contains collections from the Slovak Mining Museum, among them documents concerning Turkish wars. It offers visitors a wonderful view of the town.

The majority of monuments in Banska Stiavnica are concentrated into the area between the Trinity and Town Hall squares. Both squares are separated from each other by the Gothic church of St. Catherine from the end of the 15th century and Town Hall with its slender clock tower. In the centre of the Trinity Square, skirted by old burgher houses and public buildings, is the beautiful Trinity Pillar. The biggest building in Trinity Square is the Hallenbach House, where the mining court once sat. Another hefty building stands on Kammerhof´s Street, which runs down from the town centre to the bus station. It is the building of Kammerhof or Chamber Yard, and originates from 1550. Today it is the principal building of the Slovak Mining Museum. Its most attractive part is the out-door exhibition where there is the option to visit the underground pits. The Baroque Calvary is also an important landmark. It consists of 23 structures situated in the charming mountain environment.
 

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