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Sightseeing in Bratislava

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An October 2006 trip to Bratislava by LenR

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Sightseeing in Bratislava

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Modern bridge Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Bratislava is the youthful, dynamic, and bustling capital of Slovakia. It is also an historic town full of traditions, nostalgia and music, and proud of its rich past. This is where three different countries meet with their languages, traditions, and cultures producing something very pleasant and attractive, a certain microcosm of central Europe.Bratislava lies at the southwestern edge of Slovakia, a few minutes’ drive from Austria and Hungary. The city occupies both banks of the Danube River, and is the largest city in the country with a population of around 450,000. Bratislava, formerly known as Pressburg in German or Pozsony in Hungarian, is a city with a rich history dating back at...Read More

Old Town Bratislava

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Attraction | "Old Town"

Old Town Bratislava Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Bratislava Old Town is an absolute delight. It is mainly a pedestrian-only area and this allows you to walk around at leisure exploring the streets, side alleys and squares.Michael’s Gate, the eastern entrance to the Old Town, is the only surviving watchtower of the original city fortification. Over 50 meters high, the tower was built in the early 14th century, and has been rebuilt many times since. There is an excellent view of Bratislava from here, and it also contains the Museum of Arms and City Fortification, open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:30am to 4:30pm in the summer season. The Main Square, the real heart of the Old Town, is a great place to take a seat, have a co...Read More

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Old Town Bratislava
Central City
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St. Martin's Cathedral

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Attraction | "St Martin's Cathedral"

St. Martin's Cathedral Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Situated on the edge of the Old Town, St. Martin’s Cathedral is Bratislava’s foremost Gothic structure. The church, originally built in the 13th century in the Romanesque style, was replaced by a 3-nave Gothic Dome in the late 14th century. The new St. Martin's Cathedral was consecrated in 1452 and underwent several lengthy reconstructions in later centuries. In the 16th century, the Dome became the coronation church of Hungarian kings and there were 19 Hungarian Emperors (including Maria Theresia) crowned in the cathedral until the 19th century. The cathedral was actually built into the town's outer walls as part of its fortification.The cathedral has three naves, with several chapels added f...Read More

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St. Martin's Cathedral
Staromestska
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava castle

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Bratislava castle Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Bratislava Castle, the dominating landmark of the city, is situated on the hill overlooking the Danube River and the entire city. It is a massive building with a rich history, reaching back to the late Stone Age. The first residents of the castle were the Celts, later the Roman and then the Slavs. The first written evidence dates back to the year 907 in the annals of Salzburg, in reference to the battle of Brezalauspurch, that marked the end of the Great Moravian Empire. During later centuries, the Germans, the Hungarians and the Austrians have ruled the area and Bratislava Castle was repeatedly rebuilt.In the 11, 12, and 13th century the castle underwent big changes. A new basilica with a cha...Read More

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Bratislava castle
Above the Bratislava city
Bratislava, Slovakia

National Theatre

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National Theatre Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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The Slovak National Theatre is built on the location of the city's original professional theatre. (Professional, as opposed to the traveling bands of entertainers so common in the middle ages). That first theatre, built in 1776, was improved upon by Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer in 1884-1886. Two years later Bratislava native sculptor Victor Tilgner crafted Ganymede's Fountain which was placed in front of the Theatre.The beautiful Neo-renaissance building crowning Hviezdoslavovo Square is one of the few in the Old Town of Bratislava that is still used for their original purpose. It is home to fine opera and ballet performances. To attend one of these is the only way to see the spl...Read More

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National Theatre
Hviezdoslavovo Square
Bratislava, Slovakia

Old Town Churches

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Old Town Churches Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Bratislava has a fine array of historic and interesting churches. The Church and the Monastery of Franciscans (destroyed in 1236 together with a rare archive and rebuilt in 1278), the Clare Nun’s Church and the romantic Chapel of St Catharine, belong to the earliest Gothic monuments. The Reformation spread into Bratislava along with merchants and students from German universities quite early. The Evangelic Protestants built for themselves German, Slovak and Hungarian churches. Baroque art entered the town with the Counter-Reformation. In those days, Bratislava was the capital city, coronation place and largest city of Hungary as well as a prosperous hub. A range of churches and monasteries in ...Read More

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Old Town Churches

Bratislava, Slovakia