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Banská Bystrica
City
Banská Bystrica's main square
Banská Bystrica's main square
Flag of Banská Bystrica
Flag
Coat of arms of Banská Bystrica
Coat of arms
Etymology: "mining creek"
Country  Slovakia
Region Banská Bystrica
District Banská Bystrica
First mentioned 1255
Government
 • Mayor Ján Nosko
Area
 • Total 103.37 km2 (39.91 sq mi)
Elevation
362 m (1,188 ft)
Population
 (2018-31-12)
 • Total 76,438
 • Density 739.46/km2 (1,915.19/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
97401
Area code(s) +421-48
Car plate BB
Website eng.banskabystrica.sk

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

History

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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