The Calvary of Banská Štiavnica is a unique complex of Baroque religious buildings. It was built on Scharfenberg hill (Sharp Hill) formed by volcanic activity. Not only thanks to its position on the hill amid the volcano of Štiavnica is it a dominant feature of Banská Štiavnica and it is said to be one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in Central Europe.
The Calvary is composed of three churches, nineteen chapels and the sculpture of Virgin Mary. If you visit this magical place, don’t miss the exhibition in Dolný kostol (Lower Church) interior. This little exhibition with several panels and a short commentary provides many interesting facts about the past and the present of the Calvary. If you want to support the Calvary reconstruction financially, buy a tiny souvenir or a gift. Entry to the exhibition is free.
We also recommend visiting the exhibition Calvary in Asylum in Starý zámok castle (Old Caste). It includes the exhibition of all originals preserved from Calvary decorations, i.e. 17 precious wooden reliefs of the chapel and sculptures of crucified Jesus Christ and two criminals, 3 sculptures from the prison building and 3 sulptures of women weeping at the Grave of God. Each exhibited piece has been also supplemented by a little map where a chapel being an original place of an exhibit is marked.