Tag: SK – Historic Town of Banská Štiavnica and the Technical Monuments in its Vicinity

Exploring Slovakia – Banská Štiavnica, Banskobystrický kraj; Jesper; The Biveros Effect

Slovakia – Historic Town of Banská Štiavnica and the Technical Monuments in its Vicinity

More than once our friends told us that Banská Štiavnica is probably the most beautiful town in Slovakia. This UNESCO World Heritage Town has been able to preserve its medieval history. Located in the center of a large caldera, the town with around 10.000 inhabitants offers an impressive surrounding that is now the mountains of Štiavnické Vrchy.

Banská Štiavnica: A Short History

Banská Štiavnica and its history are well connected with the mining of silver ore in the area. The first known mining settlement dates back to the third century BC. The town was established in the 13th century and is Slovakia’s oldest mining town. The urban center that still stands was formed as early as the 16th century.

Banská Štiavnica was for a long time a leading center for innovation within the mining industry.

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Restoration of UNESCO-World Heritage site in Banská Štiavnica nears completion; Slovak Spectator

Slovakia – Historic Town of Banská Štiavnica and the Technical Monuments in its Vicinity

Restoration of Upper Church will be the final big phase of restoration of the unique baroque Calvary.

The baroque Calvary, one of the dominant features of the central-Slovak city of in Banská Štiavnica, was put on the list of the 100 most endangered monuments in the world in 2007. After almost 10 years of hard work and extensive investments, it is gradually regaining its former beauty. Restoration of the most visible Upper Church will be the last big phase of a thorough restoration of this site listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

“We have been preparing for the restoration of the Upper Church for several years,” said Martin Macharik, chairman of the Kalvársky Fond (Calvary fund) whose main task is to take care of the Calvary, as cited in a press release.

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