Slavín/Slavín Monument, Bratislava
The Slavin War Memorial is surrounded by many gravestones of fallen Soviet soldiers, who died during the liberation battle against the Nazis in WWII.
Some of the gravestones are adorned with black and white photographs of the soldiers. I visited the place on a snowy winter day, when the graveyard had a kind of mysterious atmosphere.
This 37 m high column was erected in 1960 at the 15th anniversairy of the liberation of Bratislava by Soviet soldiers. The column is crowned with a soldier holding the flag of the victory.
The War Memorial sits on Slavin Hill, which is located about 2 km northwest of the Old Town. The walk up the hill is quite steep but worth it, as you pass through a posh residential area with many embassies. Apart from that, Slavin Hill offers great views of Bratislava.
In 1997 some white Peace Columns were errected just next to the War Memorial in the gardens of Slavin Hill.
The Columns have inscriptions in Slovakian and English saying "May peace be in Slovakia" and "May peace prevail on earth". The contrast between the massive War Memorial and the slim Peace Columns is just fascinating.
I didn't go to see the monument but my hotel room (at the Tatra) was with a view on it, hence the picture. It commemorates the liberation of Bratislava by the Soviet Army in WWII. With all due respect to the fallen soldiers, I've seen enough of such 'liberation' monuments in my own country so this one was not on my itinerary. But if any of you, Westerners, want to have an idea of what a Soviet Army memorial looks like, the trip up the Slavin Hill might be just for you. It's about 2 km NW of the Old Town.
Interestingly, Bratislavians must have had second thoughts about their gratitude to the Soviets who imposed communism after WWII. On my first trip to Bratislava, there was a big marble plaque on the Town Hall's front wall that stated the gratitude of the people (check the picture in my travelogue about the Old Town). However, on my second visit in May 2004 I noticed the plaque was gone.
Slavin is situated on the hill where you can go by trolleybus no. 203 or 205 from the downtown. It is monument dedicated to dead Soviet soldiers who fought at this area. However, there is also a great view on the whole city, but a bit windy :)
The Slavin tower, the Monument to fallen Russian soldiers is located on the top of a hill, very hard to go up, but worth it! The view is breathtaking! The monument is surrounded by one of the nicest and most posh residential quarter housing old gold and some of the current rich and famous.
Slavin Hill offers great views of the old town SNP bridge and castle. Notice the contrast of the old town and the bloc-style housing across the Danube. This area was a nice, residential area with many old trees and hosues, but the post 1945 government flattened this area to make way for "housing for the people."
Slavin Hill is a short, yet somewhat challenging uphill walk , northwest of Bratislava's old town. The monument pictured is at the center of a graveyard for the 6845 Soviet Soldiers whom fought in during WWII to push Nazis out of western Slovakia.
Luckliy, we arrived there at sunset, as the cool winds beagn to blow.
This picture shows the statue on top of the monument. The Soviet soldier is crushing the Swastica as he reaises what I believe to be the Soviet flag.
These types of monuments are throughout Eastern Europe and very ironic as the treatement of the Slovakians and moreover the Bratislavins worsened greatly after their "liberation" from Fascism.
This is the view over the city from Slavín monument. The brown building n the front is the university, the black one looking like an inverse pyramid is a bank-building.
* The Monument to Russia for help slovaks in the resistance against the Nazis.
Great view of the City from there.