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Banská Bystrica
Banska Bystrica SNP Square.jpg
Banská Bystrica's main square
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Coat of arms
Name origin: "mining creek"
Country Slovakia
River Hron
Elevation 362 m (1,188 ft)
Coordinates 48°43′57″N 19°08′57″E / 48.7325°N 19.14917°E / 48.7325; 19.14917
Area 103.37 km² (39.91 sq mi)
Population 78 327 (2011-12-31)
Density 775 /km² (2,007 /sq mi)
First mentioned 1255
Mayor Peter Gogola (Independent)
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 97401
Area code +421-48
Car plate BB
Location of Banská Bystrica within Slovakia
Location of Banská Bystrica within Slovakia
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Location of Banská Bystrica within Slovakia
Wikimedia Commons: Banská Bystrica
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS

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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