Staré Hory

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Coordinates: 48°50′N 19°07′E / 48.833°N 19.117°E / 48.833; 19.117
Staré Hory
Village
Staré Hory - cesta.jpg
State road 59 in village
Flag
Coat of arms
Country Slovakia
Region Banská Bystrica
District Banská Bystrica
Elevation 480 m (1,575 ft)
Coordinates 48°50′N 19°07′E / 48.833°N 19.117°E / 48.833; 19.117
Area 35.46 km2 (13.69 sq mi)
Population 469 (2004-12-31)
Density 13 / km2 (34 / sq mi)
First mentioned 1536
Mayor Janko Kováč
Postal code 976 02
Area code +421-48
Car plate BB
Location of Staré Hory in Slovakia
Location of Staré Hory in Slovakia
Location of Staré Hory in the Banská Bystrica Region
Location of Staré Hory in the Banská Bystrica Region
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS

Staré Hory is a village in the Banská Bystrica Region in Central Slovakia. It is situated in the Staré Hory Mountains, between the Veľká Fatra and Low Tatra mountain ranges. In 2004, Staré Hory had population of 469.

The copper deposits in the vicinity of the village were exploited as early as 2000–1700 BC. The stone tools used by prehistoric miners have been found both in Staré Hory and the nearby village of Špania Dolina. However, the name of the village was mentioned for the first time in 1536. In the 16th century, a smelting plant was built there. After the mining industry declined, the main economic activity shifted from the production of copper and charcoal to making bobbin laces. Merchants from Staré Hory were selling bobbin laces all over Austria-Hungary.

Church in village

A natural spring with a statue of Virgin Mary near Staré Hory is a traditional place of pilgrimage. There is also a Baroque church, originally built in the 15th century, situated in the village.

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