History of the town:
The first mention about Banská Bystrica was in 1255. There was mined copper, iron and silver. The Germans moved to the town in 13th century. The name of city used „Neusohl“ like New Zvolen. In 16th century mining uprising was held there. Banská Bystrica was the center of protestants in controversy with Hungarians and Turks. In 1776 there was provided Roman Catholic bishopric . After the outbreak of the Slovak National Uprising the Banská Bystrica became military, administrative and politic center of insurrentionary of Slovakia. In September 1944 experience German borbandment. It was the main town Banská Bystrica county and then middle Slovak county.
There are many primary schools, secondary schools like: medical, pedagogical, grammar, businnes schools, hotel academy and schools with different sections. There is one University of Matej Bell with different faculties: economic, political, science, pedagogical, faculty of law and faculty of phylosophy.
University of Matej Bell
Cultural and historical sights:
Banská Bystrica as a big town has many interesting sights, which people or turists visite in their free time.
The Memorial of the Slovak National Uprising
This interesting architectural building symbolize the history of Slovak nation during the 2nd World War. Indoor situated museum of Slovak National Uprising with exposition. This building presents politic, military and community events of history of Slovak.
Stone fountain (Water pride of Banská Bystrica)
The Stone fountain situated at Town square Slovak National Uprising. This build during summer create nice refreshment on mosaic paving. It have electric lighting, which change colour every evening. In 1536 on this place situated drinking water reserve.
State Opera House
The State Opera arise in 1959 in place of National House. It is meaning slovak theatrical opera. In her scene takes place opera, operetta, musical, ballet and concert oeuvre of Slovak and foreign autors.
The Clock Tower (Leaning Tower)
The Clock Tower is one of the dominant of Banská Bystrica. In the past there is situated torture chamber and prison. Today it is available for public. It have 101 stairs and from above is amazing outlook on all town square.
Where to go?
In Banská Bystrica situated a lots of places, which tourists like to visit. During summer on town square play live music. There are different exhibitions and performances, many bars with terrace, where the people can give fresh drinks or ice cream. During winter people can skiing at ski resort „Skalka“.
„Majáles“ held annually in May in Banská Bystrica at atletic stadion. It is the event where people go for having fun at different concerts. There are lots of refreshment stands.
„Radvanský“ fair was in 2011 official registered to directory cultural inheritance. Every year it happens in September. This year it will be 360. fair. The part of fair is market of art craft.
Beach swimming pool
During hot weather Banská Bystrica offer swimming pool with six pools and lake. There are lots of toboggans and refreshments. The visitors can play beach volleyball or football.
Europa shopping centre
Europa shopping centre is shopping-entertainment center and also largest in Banská Bytrica. It was building in 2005. There are situated restaurants, caffe bars, shops with clothes or shoes and many others. There is cinema too. Every day many people visit this centre.
By Miška, Nika