Nový zámok (literally "New Castle") is a castle in Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia. The castle is located on a hill south of the city center at an altitude of 630m above sealevel, marking the highest point of the city center.[1]

New Castle
Nový zámok
Banská Štiavnica in Slovakia
Banska stiavnica-novy zamok.jpg
Nový zámok in Banská Štiavnica
Located in Slovakia
Location in Slovakia
Coordinates48°27′18″N 18°53′46″E / 48.455°N 18.896°E / 48.455; 18.896
TypeFortress
Site information
Open to
the public
yes
Site history
Built1564-1571
Built byTown council Banská Štiavnica
MaterialsStone
FateIntact

HistoryEdit

After the defeat of the Hungarian troops by the Ottoman army in the battle of Mohács in 1526, defences in more northern places in Hungary needed to be reinforced with new defensive structures. Shortly after the Slovak mining region started defence preparations as the region was a great resource of precious metals at that time. In 1541 the town council decided on the fortification of Banská Štiavnica.[1] New Castle – a national cultural monument – is a six-floor Renaissance building with four bastions. It was constructed in 1564–1571 as a watch tower during the Ottoman wars. Because of its dominant position, it was also used as the town's live clock (exact time was announced every quarter of an hour on a trumpet).

TodayEdit

A permanent exhibition called Anti-Turkish Wars in Slovakia is installed on four floors of the castle. The highest floor offers a panoramic view of Banská Štiavnica and its environs.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Kollár, Daniel; Nešpor, Jaroslav (2008). Castles and Chateaux (1st edition. ed.). Bratislava: Dajama. p. 80. ISBN 9788089226573.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 48°27′20.31″N 18°53′45.81″E / 48.4556417°N 18.8960583°E / 48.4556417; 18.8960583