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Address: Namestie SNP, Banska Bystrica 974 01, 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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A nice sight

Enjoyed seeing it only from standing outside in the main square, nice and relaxing atmosphere, people sitting in cafe's and restaurants, or wandering up and down the lovely square

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed seeing it only from standing outside in the main square, nice and relaxing atmosphere, people sitting in cafe's and restaurants, or wandering up and down the lovely square

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France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quick visit; easy to climb, the view is only on top of the place, could be interestng for some 360 pictures

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

A really beautiful clock tower in a really beautiful town. Only 1.50 to go to go to the top. Really worth it, the view is fab and definitely worth all those steps.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

The Clock Tower, the surrounding buildings the whole square is what you go to Europe to see. There are so many view able buildings around your eyes can wander all about. Do not miss this area, best of Europe's hidden gems.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

Visited the square for lunch with our Trafalgar tour group. The Clock Tower lean was pointed out by our tour leader Paul.

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Thank bwimpyow
Detva, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

The City Center of Banska Bystrica is a nice place to walk in in Summer with cafes etc , Wait for the clock to chime every hour

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Thank Douglas B
Velke Teriakovce, Slovakia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

It looks like it is not straight and it is not =D just take another look ;) You can go till the top and enjoy the view of the square in another "level".

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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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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Thank gilamir
Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
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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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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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