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Banska Bystrica: The Heart of the Slovak National Uprising.

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A May 2002 trip to Banska Bystrica by Wildcat Dianne

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Quote: Once a predominant mining town in Central Slovakia, Banska Bystrica is also known as the center of the 1944 SNP (Uprising) against the Nazi occupation.

Banska Bystrica: The Heart of the Slovak National Uprising.

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Overview

Fountain in Namestie SNP Photo,
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Banska Bystrica is located about 150 east of Piestany, Slovakia. It is the heart of the 1944 SNP and was a prominent stronghold during the communist regime (1948-1989). The city of 200,000 people is still recovering from the years of Nazi and Communist rule, and several of its buildings show the damage of neglect and war. Namestie SNP (SNP Square) is the focal point of Banska Bystrica and contains the ruins of the town castle, several churches, and a communist era obelisk dedicated to those who fell during the SNP uprising in August 1944. Away from the square is the SNP Monument and museum, a large, smog damaged monstrosity that was built in 1965 by communist architects. The SNP museum is a very ...Read More

Monument of the Slovak National Uprising

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Attraction

Memorial to the Victims of Facism at the SNP Monument Photo, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
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In Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, there are many signs of the two-month 1944 SNP or Slovak National Uprising, and the SNP Monument is one huge example of Slovaks honoring those who fought and perished during this horrible time in their history.The SNP Monument was designed and built by Professor Kuzma in 1965. Located outside the eastern walls of the town's fortifications, this monument commemorates the Slovaks who fought and perished during the Pozdemny (Uprising) that claimed thousands of Slovakian lives. I had read about the SNP Monument and a little bit about the uprising in my Slovakia guidebook, and the photo of the Monument looked like the building was ...Read More

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Monument of the Slovak National Uprising
Kapitulska 23
Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
048 412-3258

Bunkers and Pillboxes

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Attraction

Bunkers and Pillboxes Photo,
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When I visited Slovakia in the Fall of 2001 and Spring/Summer of 2002, I saw that there were many reminders of World War II and its atrocities throughout the country. In many cities, towns, and villages in Slovakia, you can find several bunkers, pillboxes, tanks, airplanes, or guns left over from the battles that were fought in or nearby these places. My friend Ivan and I saw one of these World War II pillboxes up close on one of our many bicycle rides through the country. One Sunday afternoon after lunch, Ivan and I took a bike ride to the village of Ockov, which has the remains of an ancient village and burial pit. After touring the ancient grounds which were on ...Read More

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Bunkers and Pillboxes
All over the country
Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

The Clock Tower

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Attraction | "The Clock Tower, The Shooting Gallery, and Town Hall (Pretorium)"

The Clock Tower Photo, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
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Along with the castle, Banska Bystrica's main square, Namestie SNP, has three other important buildings worth mentioning: The Clock Tower and the Town Hall (Pretorium). The Town Hall (Pretorium) is a three-story building located east of the Town Castle Area. Built after 1500 in the Late-Gothic Style of architecture, the Town Hall was built on donations from a local mine owner and the Zvolen County Administrator and became the seat of the Town Council. From 1564-1565, renovations were done on the Town Hall where arcaded galleries were added to the three exterior walls, and in the 18th Century, the facade underwent a Baroque redesign. Banska Bystrica's ...Read More

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The Clock Tower
Namestie SNP
Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

The Spital Church of Street Elizabeth

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Attraction | "The Spital Church of St. Elizabeth"

The Spital Church of Street Elizabeth Photo, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
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The Spital Church of St. Elizabeth was the first sight I saw when I first arrived in Banska Bystrica in May 2002. The church is located at the beginning of Dolna Ulica, old Banska Bystrica's main street. The church is the oldest church in Slovakia dating from c. 1303. The church used to be part of a hospital and had a polygonal closed sanctuary with cross-ribbed ceilings. The original hospital, I was told, burnt down in 1605, but a new one was built in 1618 with several rennovations in the following centuries. After 1750, The Spital Church of St. Elizabeth was rebuilt in the Baroque Style, and the sanctuary became the side chapel of St. Anna. A final remodel of the Spital Church of...Read More

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The Spital Church of Street Elizabeth
Dolna Ulica (Lower Street)
Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

Banska Bystrica's Town Fortifications

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Attraction | "The Town Castle Area"

Banska Bystrica's Town Fortifications Photo, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
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Banska Bystrica's Town Castle Area is a National Cultural Monument that is fallen into some serious disrepair over the years. I was saddened to see such beautiful architecture like the castle tower being used as a pigeon house and toilet. But slowly, this cultural and historical gem is being lovingly restored by the Slovak government whenever it is financially possible. This area is worth an hour or two of your time when you visit Banska Bystrica.My friend Ivan and I spent most of our visit May 2002 visit to Banska Bystrica touring The Town Castle Area and its fortifications. These are a few of the highlights.1. The Castle. Banska Bystrica's Castle is actually a...Read More

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Banska Bystrica's Town Fortifications
Town Castle Area
Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

Banska Bystrica's Town Fortifications

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Attraction | "The Matthias Dom and the Church of the Holy Cross"

Banska Bystrica's Town Fortifications Photo, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
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I received an English language book on Slovakia's cities and towns from my friend Ivan before going to Slovakia for the first time in 2001. I became fascinated with the narrow, 5-story-high Matthias Dom (house) and its architecture almost instantly.Ivan and I were finally able to visit this object of my affection in May 2002 during my second visit to Slovakia, and I wasn't disappointed.The Matthias Dom was once the seat of the Royal Administrator of Banska Bystrica, but it is not sure if it was built as part of or separate from the town fortifications. When it was built in 1479, it was also said to be part of the Miner's Bastion. In addition to the five stories, th...Read More

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Banska Bystrica's Town Fortifications
Town Castle Area
Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

Banska Bystrica's Town Fortifications

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Attraction

Banska Bystrica's Town Fortifications Photo, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
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Besides seeing the SNP Memorial and the Town Castle Area of Banska Bystrica, Ivan and I walked around the outskirts of the town where the town fortifications are located. Where the Old Town is in many stages of decay and restoration, the outskirts are home to many new and nice apartment complexes that were built after the fall of Communism after 1989.The town fortifications are simple brick and stone defenses that date from the original construction in the 14th century. In the 16th century, the stone walls proper were built along with the gatehouses and Silver Gate located north of the square. Banska Bystrica was build irregularly and frequent reconstruction was needed through the 16...Read More

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Banska Bystrica's Town Fortifications
Town Castle Area
Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

The Slovak National Uprising--1944

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Story/Tip

The Clock Tower Photo, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
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The Slovak National Uprising or SNP began at the end of August 1944. Czechoslovakia had been occupied by the Germans since March 1939, and Slovakia became a Nazi puppet state under the control of Monsignor Josef Tiso. Tiso drove Slovakia further into Nazi control, and the Slovak people had had enough by 1944 and wanted out from under the Nazi jackboot. The revolt was to allow the Slovaks to liberate and occupy Slovakia until the Red Army could arrive. The heart of the SNP began in the cities of Banska Bystrica and Zvolen in central Slovakia and spread into Southern Slovakia and the Tatra Mountains. At first, the Slovaks regularly beat the Germans in battle, but were running out of ammunition, ...Read More

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Wildcat Dianne

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