Bronze Statues, Bratislava
Another one, Paparazzi is quite funny - he looks like a real one just about to shoot a picture from behind the corner. Bratislavians are probably pretty cool about him and maybe even forget he's there. But tourists really stopped and laughed at the sight, and so did I... you just can't help it!
I can't say whether this bronze figure is Napoleon himself or one of his soldiers, I've been told both. Anyways, the bench he's leaning on is one of the most popular spots - lots of people have pictures of themselves taken there... On my picture the bench is empty though, it was a rainy morning.
Cumil, the happy sewage worker, is one of the several bronze statues in Bratislava. He is marked with a special road sign - I don't know if the sign is a part of this installation or whether it is meant to prevent people from stumbling over Cumil. There are two common explanations for what Cumil is actually doing: one says he's a typical communist era worker who doesn't give a toss about the work he's supposed to be doing; the other one says he's peeping up women's! skirts :-)
Napoleon's Army Soldier is another famous bronze statue in Bratislava. It shows a French army soldier leaning on a bench. Napoleon himself visited Bratislava at the beginning of the 19th century.
A legend says that a wounded French soldier called Hubert fell in love with a local nurse. He started to produce a French Sparkling Wine in Bratislava. Nowadays the most famous sparkling wine in Slovakia is named "Hubert" after this French soldier.
Napoleon's Army soldier can be found right on the Main Square (Hlavne namestie) in the centre of Bratislava.
The Paparazzi is one of Bratislava's four charming bronze statues, which amuse locals and tourists. He is hidden behind a house corner from where he can watch the people and take secret photos.
The Paparazzi can be found at one corner of the famous Italian Paparazzi restaurant, which is located at Laurinska ulica 1.
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.