A new education path called In the footsteps of Mining Glory presents the most significant mining-technological and historical monuments linked to the mining of precious metals in Nová Baňa.
The education path has two routes, the second one opened only recently. "The route is 5.6-kilometre-long and there are 15 stops," said town project manager Lenka Šubová.
It presents the mining of 16th to the 19th centuries, including ore modification and mining water management system structures. The route is a circle, starting and ending at Freedom Square. It takes three to four hours to walk the route.
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A second route is being planned. It should explain surface and underground mining activity in the Middle Ages. This one will be 4.3 kilometres in length and its implementation is planned for next year.
“The path in Nová Baňa is the first phase of our goal to show people the old mining monuments located here, so the younger generation can also learn where the town came from,” said Zoltán Vén, chair of the Nová Baňa Mining Society, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
“The opening of the education path is a holiday for all miners who have ever worked in the town for more than 550 years,” mayor Branislav Jaďuď said, as quoted by the TASR.
The town and mining association have other plans linked to the mining history of the town – building an open-air mining museum. The archaeological research has already started.