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Historical Bratislava

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A June 2002 trip to Bratislava by Wildcat Dianne

Bratislava from Armor Museum Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia More Photos
Quote: Bratislava is Slovakia's beautiful, old capital. It's cobbled streets, castle, and churches bring you back to the time of when it was under the control of the Hapsburg monarchy. It is a good day trip from Vienna.

Historical Bratislava

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Bratislava from Armor Museum Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Bratislava was known by its German name Pressburg until 1919, and by its Hungarian name, Pozsony, too. In the past, it was known as a cultural center in Europe, and since the fall of communism in 1989, Bratislava has experienced a revival due to reconstruction and easy access by train from Vienna, less than an hour away. Bratislava has been known to be a "suburb" of Vienna and was the favorite of the Austrian Empress's daughter, Maria Christina, and her husband, Duke Albert of Sachsen-Teschen, who lived in the hilltop Hrad (Castle) Bra...Read More

Novy Most/New Bridge and Observation Deck

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Attraction | "Novy Most (New Bridge) and Observation Deck."

Novy Most/New Bridge and Observation Deck Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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If you want more spectacular views of Bratislava and its castle, it is worth a climb up to the observation deck on top of the Novy Most Bridge on the outskirts of the Slovak capital. The Novy Most or SNP Most (New or SNP Bridge) was completed and opened to traffic in 1971. Unlike most monstrosities of Slovak Communist architecture, the Novy Most and tower actually blend into Bratislava''s centuries old architecture. Situated about 300 feet above the Danube River, the Novy Most, to me looked like the Seattle Space Needle from the distance. When I took my second trip to Bratislava with my friend Jana in June 2002, she took me to the Novy Most and the observation deck. We walked to the br...Read More

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Novy Most/New Bridge and Observation Deck
Straddling The Danube On The Staromiestka
Bratislava, Slovakia

Second Church of St. Elizabeth, The Blue Church. Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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When I saw the Blue Church in person for the first time with my friend Ivan, I was awestruck. It reminded me of many of the monochromatic paintings that I had done in my high school art classes with Mrs. John and Miss Roarke at East Providence High School in Rhode Island. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of Art Nouveau architecture in the world.The Second Church of St. Elizabeth or the Blue Church (Kostol Modra) was built from 1907-1913 according to the design of Hungarian architect Odon Lechner. Today, the Blue Church also has a high school and rect...Read More

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Second Church of St. Elizabeth, The Blue Church.
Ulica (Street) Bezrucova
Bratislava, Slovakia

Slovakia's White House--Grassalkovich Palace Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Now the home to Slovakia's President, Grassalkovich Palace was once the home and meeting place for several members of the Austro-Hungarian and Habsburg aristocracy.Grassalkovich Palace was built in the 1760's by Count Anton Grassalkovich, the President of the Royal Hungarian Chamber and advisor to the Empress Maria Theresia. It is said that the inventor Wolfgang von Kempelen introduced several of his inventions, including a speaking machine, in the palace's State Rooms.Grassalkovich Palace is guarded 24 hours a day by an honor guard who can be seen marching in front of the castle daily by visitors. If you are lucky, you will get to see the changing of the guard whic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2003

Slovakia's White House--Grassalkovich Palace
Namestie 1 Maja (May 1 Square)
Bratislava, Slovakia

St. Michael's Street and Gate

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St. Michael's Street and Gate Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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St. Michael's Gate and Street are one of Bratislava's popular sights and is a quaint street lined with many shops and restaurants. In the summertime, the Michalska Ulica is teeming with tourists, street bands, and locals enjoying the cool Slovak summer nights. Most of the building on the Michalska Ulica date from the 18th Century and have survived several wars, occupations, and Communist rule, which was notorious for tearing down old, historic buildings throughout then-Czechoslovakia and replacing them with unattractive cell-block like high-rise apartments.I first saw St. Michael's Gate and Street with friends in September 2001. It was early autumn, but warm, and t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2003

St. Michael's Street and Gate
Michalska Ulica
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava castle

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Attraction | "Bratislava Castle (The Castle)"

Bratislava from Armor Museum Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Bratislava Castle is known as "the Castle" by locals. During my first visit to Bratislava in September 2001, I only saw the Castle from the Old Town. It was dusk, and the old Castle looked beautiful and imposing over the city of Bratislava from its hilltop home.I finally got to see the Castle in person twice during my 2002 Slovak sojourn. The first time was with a young friend, Jana. In Bratislava and most of Slovakia, people get dressed up more than we do in the USA. So I dressed up to blend in with the Bratislavans. I wore a pair of dressy 1.5" sandals and with my friend marched up to conquer the Castle. Big mistake! After I returned to my temporary home in Borovce, I c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2003

Bratislava castle
Above the Bratislava city
Bratislava, Slovakia

Primate's Palace

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Attraction | "The Primate's Palace"

Primate's Palace Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Upon seeing the Primate's Palace in person in July 2002, it reminded me of a giant birthday cake with its neoclassical design and pink and gold marble exterior. I just wanted to add candles and blow!The Primate's Palace was constructed from 1778 to 1781 and was designed by Hungarian architect Melchior Hefele. It was originally built for the Archbishop of Esztergom and Primate of Hungary, Cardinal Josef Batthyany. Today, the Primate's Palace is part of the Bratislava City Hall.The Primate's Palace became a favorite place to stay for...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2003

Primate's Palace
Ulica Ursulinska
Bratislava, Slovakia

St. Martin's Cathedral

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St. Martin's Cathedral Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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St. Martin''s Cathedral is located near Bratislava Castle and is a Slovakian National Cultural Monument. St. Martin''s Cathedral, built in the 13th century in the Romanesque style, proved too small for Bratislava''s growing population and, in the late 14th century, was replaced by a Gothic cathedral designed by Viennese architect Hans Puchspaum, who was inspired by the hall churches in Swabia, Germany. The new St. Martin''s Cathedral was consecrated in 1452 and underwent several reconstructions and remodellings in later centuries. The reconstruction included a baroque chapel (1729-1732) and a complete transformation to neo-Gothic architecture (19th century)....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2003

St. Martin's Cathedral
Staromestska
Bratislava, Slovakia