Town Hall in Nová Baňa
|Elevation||221 m (725 ft)|
|Area||61.25 km2 (23.65 sq mi)|
|Density||120 / km2 (311 / sq mi)|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
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Nová Baňa lies in right bank of Hron river. Nová Baňa region is surrounded by a ring of volcanic mountains (Štiavnica Mountains on the east, Pohronský Inovec on the south-west and Vtáčnik on the north-west). Seven kilometers from Nová Baňa, close by the village Tekovská Breznica, is the youngest volcano in Central Europe called Putnikov vŕšok.
Mining in this area started as early as in the 13th century. In 1337 it was first mentioned under the names Nove Montanie (hence the name Nová Baňa - "new mine") and Seunych. In that year, (probably German) burghers from Kremnica and Pukanec settled here, because gold was discovered in the area. In 1345 Nová Baňa became a "free royal mining town". The mines were closed down in 1887.
According to the 2001 census, the town had 7,505 inhabitants. 97.51% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 0.85 Ukrainians and 0.48% Czechs. The religious makeup was 82.53% Roman Catholics, 11.50% people with no religious affiliation and 1.00% Orthodox.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Nová Baňa is twinned with:
- Mimoň, Czech Republic