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Address: Namestie SNP, Banska Bystrica 97401, Slovakia
Phone Number: 421907846555
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The clock tower, also known as the green, weigh officeand lately also as...

The clock tower, also known as the green, weigh officeand lately also as the leaning tower, stands on the upper end of the Námestie SNP square in Banská Bystrica. It is one of the dominating features forming the outline of the historical centre of the town. Initially, the tower had also another purpose besides the one of the clock support - that of the watch tower. From the tower people could communicate with other watch towers on Vartovka and on Šachtičky, from where they were notified of any potential danger threatening the town. There used to live buglers in the tower, who in case of a fire went to the tower gallery and sounded the bugle alarm. The clock tower also used to be referred to as the weigh office tower, as it stood next to the town weigh officebuilding. Below the clock tower, there were the town torture chamber and prison. Since its construction, the tower has burnt out several times and undergone several modifications and changes. Since the start of the 20th century the tower has been leaning from the center line, which is visible even with the naked eye. At present the tower is leaning by as much as 68 cm. An old legend also provides an explanation as to why the tower is leaning: It was tilted by angels who crashed and seized its top while flying over its roof at night. Currently, the clock tower is open to the public, you can get to its top using the wooden staircase with 101 steps and from the tower gallery you will have a beautiful view of the cityscape of the whole square under your feet and the distant summits of the Kremnické vrchy Mts., or the Low Tatras.

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Good music instead of regular bells...

Very nice clock tower. Every hour, until 10 p.m. it plays a different music, which is very nice. The squre in front is very specious and beautiful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 2, 2015
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Very nice clock tower. Every hour, until 10 p.m. it plays a different music, which is very nice. The squre in front is very specious and beautiful.

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Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The Skewed Clock Tower - as locals use to call it in their language. It really is skewed and sloped from 3 of the 4 corners this tower has, so it looks sloped basically from any direction you look at it :) Even so, there's a nice wooden stairway up where you can walk around the reconstructed outlook and see... More 

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Lome, Togo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Worth the 1 or 2€ it cost to go in. After 10 am though ! If you have vertigo, be prepared not to enjoy it.

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Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

It is pretty nice to see central square from perspective 20 m above and panoramic view of the surrounding mountain tops.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Very nice view on square from The Clock Tower. Admission fee is 1.5 EUR and it's worth it. You can see far away on the city and hills.

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Toronto Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Great spot to take in the view of the old Old Town Square. There were only two of us there and it was very charming.

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Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

in the picture there is the Barbakan shown, not the Clock Tower. Please change the picture. The Clock Tower stands directly at the main square (SNP Square) and it leans about 1m to side (is not straight).

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

If you're visiting Banska Bystrica, you're not going to miss the clock tower as it's one of the main focal points in the square. I would also think that most people could schedule the half an hour or so to take a walk up and look around. Is it the most fabulous view I've ever seen? No, but we^re not... More 

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Zlate Moravce, Slovakia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Dominant of Banska Bystrica square with amazing view on historical city center and nature around the city.

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Killarney, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Such a cool place!! Definately worth the trip out from the capital!! Spent a few weeks in Slovakia and this was my highlight! Great view from top! And so cool that its a leaning tower!! In my travels I found the Slovaks not the friendliest unfortunately-I think those who have traveled here can agree. Even when I was overcome with... More 

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