Copper and silver used to be transported by tunnel, today it is accessible to tourists

Remnants of the mining industry offer interesting spots worth visiting.

(Source: Dušan Hein, TASR)
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Skalka near Kremnica is favourite spot for many tourists to visit, either in summer for hikers or in winter for skiers.

If you choose the route from Banská Bystrica through Tajov village to Skalka, Gergely Tunnel will be part of the route.

It is one of the oldest historic routes in the surroundings of Banská Bystrica, hundreds of years old.

The Thurso-Fugger company was probably behind the construction of the tunnel in the 14th century and it was used for the transport of copper and silver from the iron and steel works in Tajov and Banská Bystrica, to Kremnica where the mint was located. It was also used by pilgrims during their pilgrimage to the Staré Hory Mountains near Banská Bystrica.

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