(meaning St. Anthony) is a village in Banská Štiavnica District
, in the Banská Bystrica Region
of central Slovakia
. It is situated near the historic town of Banská Štiavnica
. During the period of Communist Czechoslovakia
, the village had to use a "non-religious" name Antol
The first mention of Svätý Anton in written sources is dated to 1266, when the village was owned by the Hunt family of the Čabraď Castle. The last private owner was Ferdinand I of Bulgaria.
A castle, built in the Baroque and Classicist styles on a site of an older fort (from 1415), hosts a museum primarily dedicated to the history of forestry and hunting. The building symbolizes the calendar: it has four doorways, 12 chimneys, 52 rooms, and 365 windows. The castle is surrounded by a large English garden.
Svätý Anton has an area of 22.6 km² and population of 1,187. In 2001, 96% of inhabitants were Slovaks and 79% Roman Catholics.