Roznava

The old mining town of Roznava extends over a picturesque valley of the Slana river under the spurs of the volovske vrchy hills. The first mention on the town comes from 1291. At that time ore was already being mined, from which gold, copper, silver and iron were extracted. Roznava recieved its first town privileges in 1340 and was known as a free royal mining town from 1410 onwards.

The historic core of the town is Namestie banikov (Miners' Square) with its Renaissance town tower. The burgher houses on the square stand on the site of mine galleries and explorations shafts of medieval gold mines.

Other important historical buildings include the bishop's residence, a Gothic church from the year 1303 and Baroque building of the former Town Hall. Another place worth a visit is the Mining Museum, which has four exhibitions housed in separate buildings. These document the development of mining and smelting, folk art in Gemer region and the flora and fauna of the Slovak Karst region.

The outlying area has much of exceptional interest to offer tourists. Among the jewels adorning the region are the National Cultural Monuments of the chateau at Betliar and the Krasna Horka castle, together with the Secessionist mausoleum at Krasnohorske Podhradie, and the Gothic church at Stitnik.


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