SK, Banska Bystrica –SNP Memorial
Banska Bystrica is often looked at as the heart of the country below the Tatras. There one of the most important memorials in Slovakia is located. It reminds the nation of the second world war and Slovak resistance to fascism.
Banska Bystrica was the center of Slovak National Uprising. No wonder the memorial symbolizing resistance to Wehrmacht troops entering Slovakia which were armed forces of Nazi Germany.
It is really easy to find the memorial Go to the city center. At the clock tower turn to Kapitulska street . You will find the memorial quickly then. It is open all year round to the public. Near city’s historical fortification, there is a large broken heart . A wide open staircase leads to this sculpture making it to look even more grandiose than it already is. Dusan Kuzma is the architect behind this work. He also designed the new building of Matica Slovenska.
The history of this building begins in 1957. Then its location was determined. However, the construction oulwd start much later. In 1959, Dusan Kuzma won a competition. He and the artist Jozef Jankovic joined forces and created a work which combined art and architecture. In 1966, the fortune smiled upon them. In 1969, the memorial was finished. The building became a symbol of hard times for Slovak (and the humanity). Also, it operates a museum. It is situated right inside two concrete “shells”. A hall is at disposal for scientists. Often, also exhibitions take place there. Depositories and storage are in the building’s underground. You can get there by walking down a staircase outside. Interesting expressive sculpture which depicts how people suffered during the war and also the hat of Janosik. Eternal fire burns in front of the memorial to remember the dead.
The museum will take you through history of Slovak society between the years 1918 and 1948. It focuses on anti-fascist resistance and also displays decisive political, military, and social happenings in Slovakia. Indeed, you can learn there a lot on Slovak National Uprising. There are more than 70 thousand items in various collections and 135 000 archived items. The library holds more than 20 000 documents. The museum’s field of activity is not limited only to Slovakia but also it operates in international space. It consults, or does some methodical and coordination activities. Once a year it organizes national celebration of the Slovak National Uprising. Via its mobile app it constantly tries to bring Slovak and international history to young generation.
Heavy wapons displayed in the open air caught our attention. There are Czechoslovak, Soviet or German heavy weapons. Also you can see there carriages of the improvised armored train Stefanik. Li-2, a passenger bomber jet was also interesting for us. Last but not least we learned that the SNP Museum administers Germany Memorial in Raztocke valley, the national cultural sight of Kaliste, the Memorial to Tokajik tragedy situated in the town of Tokajik or the Slovak National Display – the Tragedy of Slovak Jews in the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Auschwitz.
We were pretty tired and depressed after several hours in the museum. The things we are able to do as people… Still, we recommend to visit the SNP Museum. Recently we have been forgetting about our past and we must constantly remind ourselves what it was like. Only then we will avoid making the same mistakes.
GPS: (SNP Memorial) 48°44'06.6"N 19°08'59.8"E
Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút
In the northern part of the Banská Bystrica region, approximately 20 kilometers northeast of Banská Bystrica, lies the village of Brusno. From the cadastral point of view, the territory was originally divided between the villages of Svatý Ondrej and Brusno, but in 1960 it was merged into one large municipality. The town is known mainly for its spa, but in the following lines we will introduce you to other tourist attractions.
There are many interesting places around Banska Bystrica. Malachov is one of them. We visit it today.
If you go up the River Hron, you will discover a number of villages with the traditional Horehronie culture. One of these picturesque nooks is Bacúch village. Although not directly on the Hron River or the highway, you will definitely be worth to go here. Crouching under the hills of Low Tatras offers unique traditions and beauties of nature.
Every Slovak, if you happen to be in Central Slovakia, logically recommends a trip to Banska Stiavnica. However, its bigger "sister" and the natural metropolis of the region - Banska Bystrica deserve attention as well. Let's get together to explore it.
There is the town of Svätý Anton in a picturesque area of the Stiavnicke Hills (only several kilometers away from Banska Stiavnica which belongs under UNESCO protection). Since time immemorial it has been linked to hunting the game. Today, we visit this town and learn something about its history and interesting places.
We can describe Banska Bystrica easily – mining history and the Slovakian National Uprising. Since time immemorial has been the history of Banska Bystrica tied to mining – mostly silver and copper.
Today we move together to Novohrad region. We visit the most interesting nooks of this small town. Also we walk around a beautiful ruin of Filakovsky Castle.
This time we will take you to the south of central Slovakia, where it covers the largest area of all regions. We will talk about the Banská Bystrica region, whose history as well as monuments are closely connected with the mining past.
The natural beauty of the Horehronie region offers fresh water springs. Visiting them may bring some peasant addition to your trips in the region. Today we will go to the spring of water, which was also visited by a famous Czech writer. And we will continue to explore other fascinating places around Bacúch village.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Many monuments, museums and open-air museums of military technology have been built over the past decade to commemorate this dark event in our history. They want to remind us not only of the destruction and casualties caused by the war, but also of the victory.
After a week, we return to Kremnica, specifically to the late Baroque column of the Holy Trinity, which recalls the plague epidemic.
In the heart of Banská Bystrica, right on the square in front of the leaning clock tower, rises the Marian column. "We will meet at Mary's," many hearers say. At the same time, does he have any idea of its history, why was it built and subsequently had to leave its place in the 1960s?
After a week we will finish our trip to the plague columns. We will talk about the fate of it in Banská Bystrica and we will remember the doctor Karel Otto Moller.
We can spend moments of relaxation actively lazing. Some people like relaxation and care offered by Slovak spas, others want to be physically active - whether by the water, by bike, or while hiking. We visited the Central Slovak village of Kováčová, where everyone will enjoy it.
Enter the secrets of creating and creating maps in the Slovak Museum of Maps, which you can visit not only in person, but also through a virtual tour.
Small and large lovers of trains, trains and everything connected with the railway cannot miss this railway. For years, it has been attracting many tourists to the Čierný Hron valley with steam hissing from a locomotive. We couldn't resist either, today we will take you directly to the station in Čierny Balog.
Last week we wrote about the history of construction and the symbolism of plague columns in Europe, today we will focus on these sights in Slovakia. Marian columns are the largest here. These are typical of a depiction of the Virgin Mary with a child or a statue of the Immaculate Conception (Immaculate Conception) on top of them.
We haven't taken you to mountains in Slovakia for a long time now, so we'll fix it today. We will visit one of the mining gems of Slovakia, which is Špania Dolina. It lies less than 11 kilometers from Banská Bystrica in the arms of the Starohorské Hills.
The authentic forest railway, which was saved and still kept alive by a group of enthusiasts, is a popular attraction in the Čierný Hron valley. When you come here to see, you will definitely not resist and try one of the rides.
In the heart of Slovakia is located a historical town which is also a UNESCO town. We go there today. It is unique Banska Stiavnica famous for history of mining and many important sights.
After our introduction to Kremnica last week we set off now to the surroundings of the city. There are several options where to. You can either climb up to Kremnicky stit, go to the towns of Ihrac or Ziar, or visit Kremnice mines nearby. Our destinations were Tri krize, Skalka, Krahule village and we paid visit to recently bulit observation tower.
Slovakian mountains are beautiful and popular among tourists. Their diversity is truly remarkable considering the size of Slovakian territory. Some mountains are covered with forests, others just with grass or bare rocks. Mostly they truly dominate their landscapes.
Last week we promised you to take you on some tourist trails above Malachov village. These take you through former mines and local anomaly of "natural fridge".
Join us for a tour to the Stiavnice region. Banska Stiavnica is sort of its cultural, historic and social center.
Bojnice is certainly one of the most famous towns in western Slovakia – it is for its curative baths, a chateau which might well be taken from some beautiful fairy tale, or the oldest Zoo in the country.
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