Brezno is a town in central Slovakia. It is more than just the geographic heart of Horehronie – it is the economic engine as well. The first written evidence of the town's existence is dated 1265, so the town has a long and rich history. It kept the plot scheme with historic square from the Middle Ages. There is situated the 18th century Catholic church, bell tower and town hall, now a regional museum. Newly restored 17th century manor houses line the main square. The vast size of the main square - 213 by 146 meters - hints at the once certain promise of gold and silver in the surrounding hills. The town Brezno, founded in 1380, was built up in the 1700s with just such greedy visions in mind. The precious metals turned out to lie further south in Kremnica and Banská Štiavnica instead. The burgher houses left over from that era, most of which belonged to German noblemen, now house banks, shops, restaurants, pubs and ice cream stands, some spilling out into the square. Cobblestones now cover what used to be an unkempt parking lot, creating a pedestrian zone.