St. Catherine Church in Handlová
|Elevation||420 m (1,378 ft)|
|Area||50.75 km2 (19.59 sq mi)|
|Density||349 / km2 (904 / sq mi)|
|Mayor||Rudolf Podoba (SMER)|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||972 51|
Handlová (German: Krickerhau, Hungarian: Nyitrabánya, before 1913 Handlova) is a town in the Prievidza District, Trenčín Region in the middle of Slovakia. It is made up of the three parts Handlová, Nová Lehota and Morovno.
It is located in the Handlovka brook valley, surrounded by the mountain ranges of Vtáčnik in the west and Žiar in the south, east and north, in the historical region of Hauerland. It is 15 kilometres (9 miles) away from Prievidza and 20 km (12 mi) from Žiar nad Hronom.
Besides the main settlement, it also has "parts" of Morovno (north-west) and Nová Lehota (south), both annexed 1976.
The town was established in 1376 and was inhabited by German settlers which were later known as the Carpathian Germans. Coal was first mined in the second half of the 18th century. The town had high German population until World War II. It received town privileges in 1960.
According to the 2001 census, the town had 18,018 inhabitants. 96.14% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 0.85% Hungarian, 0.67% Czechs and 0.24% Germans. The religious make-up was 46.10% Atheists, 44.74% Roman Catholics and 2.42% Lutherans.
- Martin Škrtel, Slovak footballer
Handlová is twinned with
The records for genealogical research are available at the state archive "Statny Archiv in Nitra, Slovakia"
- Romancatholic church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1642-1939 (parish A)
- Lutheran church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1735-1950 (parish B)
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