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Banská Bystrica
Banská Bystrica's main square
Banská Bystrica's main square
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Coat of arms of Banská Bystrica
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Etymology: "mining creek"
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Coordinates: 48°44′07″N 19°08′43″E / 48.73528°N 19.14528°E / 48.73528; 19.14528Coordinates: 48°44′07″N 19°08′43″E / 48.73528°N 19.14528°E / 48.73528; 19.14528
Country  Slovakia
Region Banská Bystrica
District Banská Bystrica
First mentioned 1255
 • Total 103.37 km2 (39.91 sq mi)
362 m (1,188 ft)
 • Total 76,438
 • Density 739.46/km2 (1,915.19/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s) +421-48
Car plate BB

Banská Bystrica (German: Neusohl, Hungarian: Besztercebánya, Latin: Villa Nova), is a large town in central Slovakia, on the Hron river.


It was first mentioned in 1255 as a royal free mining town. The town had rich ore deposits, mainly copper, and to a lesser extent silver, gold and iron. As the deposits were depleted, the town has reoriented to the industry. During the World War II, the Slovak National Uprising broke out in the town.

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