The Schone Naci is a bronze statue of a man who lived in Bratislava in the early 20th century, when the town was called Pressburg. He was a poor, polite and always smartly dressed man who wandered around the Old Town during the day.
"Naci" is the nickname for Ignac and "Schone" is the German word for "handsome". His real name was Ignac Lamar.
The Schone Naci can be found in the Rybarska Street, right next to the Cafe Mayer.
All along the pedestrian area of town there are various statues hiding about. The "gaper" smiles at anyone who passes by from the sewer. Another, a Frenchman, some think Napoleon leans against a bench. Some street performers do acts infront of the statues, otherwise they are great for photos.
Cumil is probably the most photographed sight in Bratislava. He is a bronze statue of an underground worker peeking out from the sewage system.
He was created by Victor Hulik and installed in July 2003. Rumours say that Cumil is just looking up women's skirts.
It might sound like the start of a joke, or the cast of some absurd cabaret performance, but these are just three of the statues that can be spotted in the city centre of Bratislava. On the main square (Hlavné Námestie) you can see Napoleon leaning over a bench, replete with his tricorn.
The Paparazzo lurks perfectly poised on the corner of Laurinská, but the peeping Tom, who is emerging from a manhole cover on Panská surpasses them both, all of which attract people snapping them with a great deal of frequency.
Totally oblivious to Napolean behind them!
Only a few feet away from a wall there are cannon balls that his army shot at Bratislava that are still stuck in the wall. This bench is a very popular place for taking pictures.
The streets of Bratislava have statues that are surprising welcome additions to the city. This one I thought was funny. Above the statue is a sign which says 'Men at work'
He seems to be staring and laughing at everybody from a pothole.
As you walk about the centre of Bratislava, keep your eyes peeled for the many statues that seem to be everywhere. I'm not talking about the many very beautiful traditional statues, but the quirky modern ones that seem to abound.
If you look at the photo, you will see my particular favourite, the "Man at Work", which appears to be a man emerging from a drain in the middle of the street. Quite brilliant.
One of the most fun things to do when walking around Bratislava is to look for the city's odd statues. There is Cumil, popping out of a sewer; the Napoleonic soldier, leaning on a bench; the Paparazzi, lurking around the corner for his next snapshot victim; and Schone Naci, eagerly tipping his fancy top hat to all those around him.
There are so many unique things in Bratislava. The most important one of them are the famous statues, the Photographer, the Frenchman (Napoleon?) and the Peeper. A building in this picture lies near St. Martin Cathedral. It’s just a little bit of them. You can find many unique things in this town. Try to find them!
I cannot tell you how or why but I can tell you that there are a collection of curious statues dotted around Bratislava.
My favourite is the little man who is coming out a hole in the ground! His name's Cumil (apparently)
Feel free to play with Napoleon (?), he likes it.
There are some bronze statues around old centre of Bratislava... It is very funny when You see one and You will feel forced to take them some pictures.
In the photo You can see Cumil, a happy worker with nice smile :))
There are a few bronze statues located in Old Town. This one is of Cumil, a sewer worker. He is popping out of the street on Panska. There are 3 more statues - 1 in Hlavne nam, and 2 more on Rybarska brana.
I found the third statue by Skikpa. This one is really funny. There are lots of stories about who is supposed to be. Some say he has been hiding in the sewers since World War II. Other have said he is the leader of an underground movement against the communists during the Prague Spring in 1968. But the most popular explanation is that he is just a normal guy who likes to look up the ladies skirts. Regardless of what his story is I really liked him and had to wait in line to get my picture with him.
The guys in hats came across the second statue by Skipka. This one is named Schone Naci which means Handsome Ignatius. He was a real person in Bratislava's past. The legend goes that he was famous for strolling the square and appearing very friendly and happy, tipping his hat to those who passed by. When in reality he was an emotionally disturbed man who was mourning the death of his fiancee who had died in a Nazi concentration camp. It is said that he walked the streets of Old Town with a smile and ate cakes at the shops in the area before dying as an unkown. His grace exists today in Lehnice which is a small village between Bratislava and Dunajska Streda.
You can not help but be amused by the famous street in the Old Town. Here is Napolean's Army Soldier. He is leaning over a bench in Hlavne namestie, the Main Square. The statue refers to the time in Bratislava's history when Napolean's army advanced on the city in 1809. Today the soldier just seems to leaning over the bench to pick up some sort of tourist gossip.