Staré Hory

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Staré Hory
Village
State road 59 in village
State road 59 in village
Flag of Staré Hory
Flag
Coat of arms of Staré Hory
Coat of arms
Staré Hory is located in Banská Bystrica Region
Staré Hory
Staré Hory
Location of Staré Hory in the Banská Bystrica Region
Staré Hory is located in Slovakia
Staré Hory
Staré Hory
Staré Hory (Slovakia)
Coordinates: 48°50′N 19°07′E / 48.833°N 19.117°E / 48.833; 19.117Coordinates: 48°50′N 19°07′E / 48.833°N 19.117°E / 48.833; 19.117
CountrySlovakia
RegionBanská Bystrica
DistrictBanská Bystrica
First mentioned1536
Government
 • MayorJanko Kováč
Area
 • Total35.46 km2 (13.69 sq mi)
Elevation
480 m (1,570 ft)
Population
 (2013.12.31)
 • Total542
 • Density15/km2 (40/sq mi)
Postal code
976 02
Area code(s)+421-48
Car plateBB

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 542.

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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