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  • Cockney John
    79 contributions
    I spent 3 hours here without a problem. All exhibits are displayed with English information as well as Slovak. A full explanation of Slovakia’s part in WW2. Plenty to look at bith inside and outside. A local friend told me that all the German tanks havevtheir guns pointing downwards whereas the Russian tanks thevguns point upwards. An amusing insight into the previous socialist thinking and way of influencing the workd.
    Written 15 October 2019
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  • Carol H
    De Pere, WI1,074 contributions
    The Clock Tower, "Leaning Tower," is slender and beautiful, standing silent guard over SNP Square. Built in 1552, this Renaissance structure served as an observation post, a prison, and a torture chamber.

    Since its construction, it has burned several times, and has undergone renovations.

    In the 19th century, brass bands used to give concerts from the top floor gallery

    At the beginning of the 20th century, people have noticed its tilt. At present, it is leaning by as much as 68 cm (26 inches).

    Although no member of our tour group of 22 climbed to the top, our local guide told us that there is a wooden staircase with 101 steps that offers a magnificent view of the entire town.
    Written 17 November 2019
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  • NayiU
    Banska Bystrica, Slovakia512 contributions
    If you you have hour or so make sure you stroll around this square. There are many nice renovated buildings, plenty cafés, restaurant and pubs
    Written 17 February 2020
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  • MateZko
    Slovakia232 contributions
    Many shops with high quality goods. This building can be reached on foot from the center of Banska Bystrica, it takes about five minutes.
    Written 7 December 2016
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  • Carol H
    De Pere, WI1,074 contributions
    The castle area of Banska Bystrica is the oldest part of the town. The castle complex was built in the 12th and 13th centuries, and consists of both religious and secular buildings. All that remains of the original town walls and the castle's 18 bastions are three bastions and one long section of wall. The complex also includes the Parish Church of the Assumption of Mary, which was built in the Romanesque style in the 13th century, the Church of the Holy Cross dating from 1492, the Matthias House constructed in 1479, The Barbican, and the Old Town Hall.

    It is best to tour the area with a local guide who will identify the buildings, and provide the necessary historical perspective.
    Written 18 November 2019
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  • shropshirenick
    Shrewsbury, UK18,882 contributions
    A lovely fountain in the main square of Banska Bystrica. The square is a great location to people watch and take in the atmosphere of the town.
    Written 3 July 2019
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  • Filip H
    Ostrov, Czech Republic400 contributions
    nice place to see. some vehicles from second world war, definetly worthy to see also inside of memorial. unfortunately i didnt visit museum inside.
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • Carol H
    De Pere, WI1,074 contributions
    Construction of the church began in1255. It was rebuilt in Baroque styles in 1770 after a great fire in 1761.The church's tower--gray with a red decoration--is a town landmark The simple arches of the tower windows indicated their Romanesque origin.

    Before entering, one immediately notices a vivid Baroque sculpture on the outside wall depicting Christ and his disciples at the Mount of Olives.

    The ornate Gothic altarpiece of St. Barbara (patron saint of miners), in the north side chapel, is the church's greatest treasure. Made by Master Pavol of Levoca, it depicts the Madonna and Jesus, St. Barbara and St. Jerome. Paintings in the main altarpiece (1774) by Johann Lukas Kracker portray the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the Trinity.

    Other striking features of the beautiful interior include the pulpit and organ loft, along with the bronze font by Master Jodok, which is a masterpiece of medieval metalwork.
    Written 17 November 2019
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  • Rudo Protivný
    90 contributions
    This place simply unique - standing of the top of a hill you see hills everywhere around. Just to get to the starting point you need to drive about 40 min. on a dirt road, but it is well worth it. The hike itself is great, it will leave you speechless. You can see a lot of Slovakia from this point, including a crater of a former volcano, which many people even do not know about.
    Written 30 October 2017
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  • Odd Lennart Lien
    Sykkylven Municipality, Norway467 contributions
    Beautiful town
    Lovely wide streets,beautiful buildings,
    Many good restaurants,tourist information is fantastic
    And have many souvenirs
    Beautiful town to walk around nice side streets
    Beautiful churches and a wonderful tower to climb for wonderful view
    It is the best view over Banska Bystrica
    Written 6 November 2017
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  • Miriam T
    Bratislava, Slovakia19 contributions
    Nice place to swim, enjoy and relax in a warm water pool or enjoy nice sauna world. Tickets are sold separately for water area and sauna area.
    Written 18 January 2017
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  • shropshirenick
    Shrewsbury, UK18,882 contributions
    A war monument in the main square. It would be nice to know more about it, unfortunately there is no information displayed in English.
    Written 3 July 2019
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  • Teachcool
    Harriman, TN483 contributions
    The statue is conveniently located right in front of the castle church in Banská Bystrica and is constructed of bronze. The statue represents Stefan Moyzes and Karol Kuzmany. Both statues are connected with an arc, which is deeply meaningful - symbolizing the unity of Slovak Catholics and Evangelicals. Go ahead and have a picture taken in front. Make for a great backdrop.
    Written 4 October 2017
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  • 296katarinan
    8 contributions
    Very educational exhibition set in a beautiful historical building. Definitelly worth to see, while you' re visiting Banska Bystrica.
    Written 15 October 2015
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