Nová Baňa

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Nová Baňa
Town Hall in Nová Baňa, Slovakia.jpg
Town Hall in Nová Baňa
Coat of arms
Country Slovakia
Region Banská Bystrica
District Žarnovica
Tourism region Tekov
River Hron
Elevation 221 m (725 ft)
Coordinates 48°25′28″N 18°38′21″E / 48.42444°N 18.63917°E / 48.42444; 18.63917Coordinates: 48°25′28″N 18°38′21″E / 48.42444°N 18.63917°E / 48.42444; 18.63917
Area 61.25 km2 (23.65 sq mi)
Population 7,334 (2005)
Density 120 / km2 (311 / sq mi)
First mentioned 1337
Mayor Jan Havran
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 96801
Area code +421-45
Car plate ZC
Location of Nová Baňa in Slovakia
Location of Nová Baňa in Slovakia
Location of Nová Baňa in the Banská Bystrica Region
Location of Nová Baňa in the Banská Bystrica Region
Wikimedia Commons: Nová Baňa
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS

Nová Baňa (German: Königsberg; Hungarian: Újbánya) is a small town in the west of central Slovakia and the largest town of the Žarnovica District, located in the Banská Bystrica Region.


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.[1] The religious makeup was 82.53% Roman Catholics, 11.50% people with no religious affiliation and 1.00% Orthodox.[1]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Nová Baňa is twinned with:


  1. ^ a b "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 

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