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The historic town center of Banská Štiavnica is beautiful in every season. Visitors linger for days to visit sites like the old Castle (on left) and the Town Hall (centre).
© Jan Petrik

Historic Town of Banská Štiavnica and the Technical Monuments in its Vicinity, Slovakia

Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia
This historic town glittered with silver and gold in its day. But Banská Štiavnica stands out not just for the valuable metals unearthed here for centuries. The region was home to some of Europe's most influential mining engineers, whose techniques have been replicated across the world. The region is a trove of natural and cultural riches, which tell the story of an important industrial settlement.