Church in Spania Dolina
Spania Dolina lies in the southern part of Low Tatra Mountains close to the town of Banska Bystrica in Central Slovakia , 782 m above the sea level. The exact date for the birth of the village is not known but copper ore was mined here long before Christ. Such was the wealth and quality of its natural resources that in the medieval times, the place became known as the " copper metropolis of Europe ".
Next to The Church / Blízo kostola.Kostol Premenenia Pána na Španej Doline.Spania Dolina lies in the ...
Covered stairway to the church. / Kryté schodisko do kostola Premenenia Pána na Španej Doline.Spania ...
Nad kostolom / Above The Church.Spania Dolina lies in the southern part of Low Tatra Mountains close ...
Pod kostolom / Under The Church.Spania Dolina lies in the southern part of Low Tatra Mountains close ...
Významné centrum baníctva na Slovensku
Spania DolinaThe old mining settlementSpania Dolina lies in the southern part of Low Tatra Mountains ...
Chalupy nad južnou stranou námestia.Cottages at the southern side of the square
Najväčšia a najlepšie zachovaná banská halda v Španej Doline je dominantným prvkom obce. Jej povrch j...
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Text by Steve Smith.