Špania Dolina is a village in central Slovakia, near the city of Banská Bystrica. It is a picturesque historic village situated 728m above sea level and is surrounded by the Staré Hory and Veľká Fatra mountains.
Among some of its landmarks we can cite, a fortified church, built in the Gothic and Renaissance styles. There are also reconstructed wooden miner´s houses that were originally built in the 17th and 18th centuries. The so-called "Knocker" from the 16th century served as a special bell tower for calling the miners to work in the morning. Ancient shafts and other technical monuments are scattered in the nearby forests.