Nový zámok (literally 'New Castle') is a six-floor Renaissance building with four bastions. It was constructed in 1564–1571 as a watch tower during the Ottoman wars. Because of its dominant position, it was also used as the town's live clock (exact time was announced every quarter of an hour on a trumpet).

A permanent exhibition called Anti-Turkish Wars in Slovakia is installed on four floors of the castle. The highest floor offers a panoramic view of Banská Štiavnica and its environs.

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Founded: 1564–1571
Category: Castles and fortifications in Slovakia

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Sam Gunter (2 years ago)
Worth checking out if you are in the area - great views of town.
Martin Schwarz (3 years ago)
Interesting place....expozitions are focused on wars with Ottomans
David Z. Nemeth (3 years ago)
A wonderful castle
Long Distance Voyager (3 years ago)
Small castle with historic exhibition. Beautifull views.
Rudolf Ďurčo (3 years ago)
Worth to visit if you are in Banska Stiavnica. It is a small castle with nice view. So take a walk if you are near by.
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