Photographer's Note

This historical mining town, in which gold was extracted in the 11th century, is situated in the middle of the Kremnické Vrchy mountain range. The first written reference is from 1328, when the Hungary King Karl Robert awarded free royal town privileges to “Cremnychbana” . In 1329 the first silver coins, later golden coins “florens” started to be minted here. The ducats of Kremnica were among the most famous and sought after European means of payment of that time. It is the seat of the only mint in Slovakia, and you can find the Museum of Coins and Medals nearby. The most prominent building of the town is the Municipal Castle with double fortification and the oldest monument – the Roman rotunda from the 13th century. The central building – the Gothic Church of St. Catherine from the 15th century has an observation tower. The preserved city walls from the 14th century are formed by the Red and Black Bastions and the Down-Town Gate. The Trinity Column from the 18th century dominates the center of the square. The Renaissance and Gothic townsmen houses; the Gothic Town Hall from the 15th century and the Franciscan Church and Monastery from the 17th century are other interesting sites.

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Additional Photos by George Rumpler (Budapestman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 8900 W: 3 N: 20435] (82620)
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