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This article is about the River Hron. For the Rector of Prag-Suchdol see Jan Hron

Hron
River
The Hron near Starý Tekov.
Country  Slovakia
Regions Banská Bystrica, Nitra
Source Hron
 - location Kráľova hoľa near Telgárt, Low Tatras, Banská Bystrica Region
 - elevation 980 m (3,215 ft)
Mouth Danube River
 - location Kamenica nad Hronom, Nitra Region
 - elevation 112 m (367 ft)
Length 298 km (185 mi)
Basin 5,453 km2 (2,105 sq mi)
Discharge
 - average 53.7 m3/s (1,896 cu ft/s)
 - max 1,050 m3/s (37,080 cu ft/s)
 - min 7.6 m3/s (268 cu ft/s)
Current and watershed of the Hron River in Slovakia
Current and watershed of the Hron River in Slovakia

Hron (Slovak: Hron, German: Gran, Hungarian: Garam, Latin: Granus) is a 298 km long left tributary of the Danube and the second longest river in Slovakia. It flows from its source located in the Low Tatra mountains (under Kráľova hoľa) through central and southern Slovakia, pouring into the Danube near Štúrovo and Esztergom. Major cities and towns situated on the Hron are Brezno, Banská Bystrica, Sliač, Zvolen, Žiar nad Hronom, Žarnovica, Nová Baňa, Tlmače, Levice, Želiezovce, and Štúrovo.

The river's basin covers approximately 11% of Slovakia's territory.

History

The name of the river was mentioned for the first time in 170, when Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote his Meditations at the Hron (Latin: Granus) river.[1] The first recorded medieval name was Gron (1075).[1] From the 17th century until the 1930s, the river was used for wood transport.

References

  1. ^ a b Krško, Jaromír (June 2003). "Názvy potokov v Banskej Bystrici a okolí". Bystrický Permon 1 (2): 8.  

Coordinates: 47°49′N 18°45′E / 47.817°N 18.75°E / 47.817; 18.75

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