Old Castle Banska Stiavnica, Banska Stiavnica

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Situated on a slope above the town square, Old Castle Banska Stiavnica houses a historical mining museum and represents part of the World Heritage-listed town. Visit the fortified building by taking the staircase up from the city's main plaza. See the imposing stone walls and sturdy bastion, dating as far back as the 13th century, surrounded by defensive towers and structures. Explore the mining museum to trace the history of the industry in the region, one of the country's most prolific. Artifacts include a collection of mining implements, machinery, and tools. You can also walk the grounds and peek into rooms and chambers once used by knights and castle residents. Take a look at our Banska Stiavnica trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Old Castle Banska Stiavnica and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This Castle originally was built as a Roman (later Gothic) Church in 13. century. It has changed a lot. It became a castle during the period against the Turks. Today it's a Mining Museum. You can...  more »
  • The castle is easily accessible since it is in the center of the town. It offers a nice look into the history through its architecture as well as through the exhibitions.  more »
  • Interesting castle from architectural perspective, being an old church transformed in military strong point due to the Ottoman menace. A lot to see, at least one hour visit and be prepared to climb a lot of stairs. A worthy visit!
  • It's not a castle, it's not a church. It is something in between. Powerfull rampart with a dark prison. Tower with bells and from top of it a nice view to the rest of the city. In the castle itself an original of Kalvaria and lot of statues.

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