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Banska Bystrica

Culture of Banska Bystrica. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Banska Bystrica remains one of the country's leaders in terms of the diversity of historical sights and cultural centers. In the city, you can see architectural monuments of various periods. One of the oldest local buildings is Thurzov dom. The first Gothic-style houses were built on its site over 600 years ago. In 1495, they were bought by one of the wealthy local entrepreneurs, Jan Thurzo, who decided to build a luxurious secular house on the site of dilapidated buildings.
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The building you can admire today is a striking architectural monument in the Renaissance style featuring original facade decoration. Currently, the historic building houses a museum. You will also notice its beautiful 15th-century frescoes and other unique decoration elements. The museum houses an interesting collection of paintings that belong to different periods, collections of old weapons and coins, as well as the most valuable archaeological finds ever discovered in the region.
Be sure to explore the city's ancient fortifications. Of greatest interest here is the Barbakan Tower. Built in the early 16th century, it had been the city's main watchtower for many years. A bell chamber at its top has survived virtually unchanged to the present day. One of the largest bells in Slovakia weighing 6 tons is installed here. The tower stands on a small hill, so it serves as an excellent landmark for many tourists visiting the city for the first time. The tower is available for internal inspection. Many historical artifacts have been preserved within its ancient walls. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Among the most unusual historical monuments is the ancient clock tower Hodinova veza located in the very heart of the Old Town. The very first tower was erected on its site back in 1552, but it was completely destroyed by fire in the 18th century. Later, the tower was rebuilt in accordance with its original appearance.
However, the architects made some serious mistakes when reconstructing the 34-meter-high tower. For this reason, the tower has deviated from the central axis by over 60 cm over the years. The leaning tower is now one of the most amazing symbols of Banská Bystrica. Despite such an interesting nuance, experts note that the tower is not in danger of collapse. On its upper level, you can visit the city’s most popular observation deck offering a gorgeous view of the historic streets.
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On one of the old streets, you can see the beautiful Cisarsky dom. It was built in the Middle Ages and has undergone multiple reconstructions over the centuries. The building you can see today reflects its original appearance after the reconstruction in 1832. Cisarsky dom is considered a vivid example of classical architecture. The luxurious house once belonged to a famous military leader. The building has preserved an old cellar, which currently houses one of the most popular traditional restaurants in town. Many people come here not only to taste popular local dishes but also to admire the artistic murals adorning the ceilings and walls. The historic building has also preserved an arch, which now hides a small shopping arcade.
Among the most interesting religious monuments in Banska Bystrica is the Kostol Nanebovzatia Panny Marie. The exact date of its construction is unknown but experts believe that the church was built at the end of the 13th century. The first written mention of the church dates back to 1442. Over hundreds of years, it has gone through many reconstructions. Nevertheless, the church retains many valuable religious artifacts and artistic decorations. You’ll have a chance to see the beautiful 15th-century sculptures, as well as admire the wonderful Baroque frescoes created over 200 years ago.
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One of the brightest city attractions is the Pribicerov dom. The historic building has a colorful façade that was painted green during one of the last renovations. Beautiful reliefs and other decoration elements have been preserved on its facade. The building was built in the second half of the 15th century and has changed many famous owners over the years. On the ground floor, you will find one of the city's oldest cafes, which has been visited by many celebrities.
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Culture guide to Banska Bystrica. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Banska Bystrica: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Banska Bystrica. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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