The early history of Banská Bystrica (Besztercebánya)is connected with the exploitation of abundant deposits of copper (and to a lesser extent of silver, gold, and iron). The tools used by prehistoric miners in a locality called pania Dolina are dated as early as 2000-1700 BC.
In 1255, King Béla IV of Hungary granted Banská Bystrica extensive municipal privileges in order to attract skilled settlers from the Holy Roman Empire. The town, called Neusohl by these Carpathian Germans, flourished as a regional mining center. In the second half of the 13th century, a remarkable Romanesque church was built in the town. In 1494, the company Ungarischer Handel ("Hungarian Trade" in German), was founded by the affluent Fugger and Thurzo families. Depending mainly on the mines around Banská Bystrica, the company became the leading world producer of copper by the 16th century.
The Ottoman Empire's northern advance led the magistrate to fortify the town with modern stone walls in 1589. Banská Bystrica was one of the foremost centers of the Protestant Reformation in Slovakia and the town had to fight for its rights against the ruling dynasty of Catholic Austrian Habsburgs, as well as against the Ottoman Turks and powerful Hungarian magnates. In 1620 Prince Gabriel Bethlen of Transylvania, a Protestant, was elected King of Hungary at the Diet in Banská Bystrica.
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paura (47166) 2006-12-18 16:10
Beautiful photo. The sharpness are really nice. The details of the tower are very well exposed. Superb composition.
pablominto (53744) 2006-12-19 3:22
The low light puts a mark on the image, creating a special mood while some details are lost!
Well composed presentation and a good point of view gives a good impression of the architecture!
AiresSantos (56155) 2006-12-19 3:59
Very gorgeous architecture taken in the blue hour. Very good POV and colours. I like how you managed the light. Well done.
Thanks and greetings my friend,
prezntime (3946) 2006-12-19 21:25
interesting to present this shot in the low light. It is almost a somber mood, heightened somewhat by the sky behind. Also, there are some interesting color combinations in the clock tower...oranges and yellows. Good perspective with the people at the bottom right corner giving a sense of scale.
Angshu (54521) 2006-12-20 3:29
The mood created with the low light makes this special. You show the architecture very well & the details are well shown. Good shot
John_F_Kennedy (41980) 2006-12-20 6:04
nice point of view and interesting church.What a pity that the ligth isn't good.
veve (4189) 2006-12-20 13:08
A simple and beautiful photo.
Good framing and nice details!
berek (32751) 2006-12-23 0:44
beautiful architecture with vertical working. I like this composition. have a nice weekend.
my overall evaluation -> ***
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-11-25
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50, Canon Zoom Lens x3 5.8-17.4mm 1:2.8-4.9
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-12-18 15:29