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The monument just not so far from Devin castle takes us to the Slovakia Communistic times in 1948 - 1989. It commemorates these, who died from Communistic regime and terror.
The holes from bullets are shown on concrete blocks. Also some surnames are written on the monument.
Old market house
It was built on the former site of 15th century bastion. This building is already not so old, it is from the beginning of 20th century, eclectic style.
It is the first covered market in Bratislava.
The Parliament house is one of new buildings, that is still can be called as "must see" place in Bratislava. It was constructed in around 1994. For me it looks quite soviet, like Parliament house in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Almost half of Parliament is actually underground, so we can see only half of it and it looks not really big. It is just nearby the entrance to Bratislava castle.
I don't know if it is just touristic advertisement and it is true, but it is called as the narrowest house in Europe. If you look, probably it is true, as I doubt how someone can live here :)
House is just 130 cm wide. The story tells, that there was a defensive walls just nearby Michael tower. Also narrow passageway for there, it later was "filled" with narrow house. It houses some kind of fast food restaurant nowadays, I believe food can be just for taking away ;)
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It is (at the moment) neglect, but nice, detailed Gothic style church. It was built by poor Clares, they constructed a monastery here also. The church dates back to 1297 and its nice tower - from 15th century.
The Order of poor Clares gone at the end of 18th century and now here is a concert and exhibition hall. This place around church still looks kinda neglect, despite is it just nearby Cathedral.
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Christian Andersen sculpture
It is not just imagination, it is a fact, that Christian Andersen visited Bratislava, former Pressburg, in 1841. He preferred the city very much. Actually he even didn't want to write something about it, as city looked as a fairytale itself. The castle in Bratislava was in ruin that time and created a romantic view.
It is possible to see sculpture if you walk from Novi most (bridge) to Slovak National theater, on the left side of Hviezdoslavovo square.
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As in other towns of Central Europe, this one also has so called Plague column. It was constructed in 1713 is a manner of Baroque. As the name tells, it was built to thank God for the end of plague.
Some Saints are shown - St. Rosalia, St. Andreus, sculpture of St. Trinity. You actually meet this sculpture if you are to old town and start walking from Novi most (New bridge) to Slovak National theater.
Map of Bratislava
. Main Train station is at top of map, a bus station to right. Abba hotel shown. Castle bottom left corner. River Danube blue at bottom. Old town between river and Presidents palace.the long building in centre of map.
Trip to Trnava
At Trnava train station leave by the right to main road,turn left to a crossing to a park. Go through park about 150 m the town is now. There is also a pedestrain bridge to cross road , this puts you on the park side of main road
Since 1990 the city magistarte’s office has been part of the current local government structure. The engraving over the door reads “Hlavné mestro Bratislava magistrate”
Be Free Walking Tour
Be Free Tours offer a "Free walking tour" of Bratislava and Eman Kudera and I decided to join a group of like minded people on a tour of the city. We met outside the "Old National Theatre" at 11.00am on a murky November day. Our Tour guide was Sasha who explained the history of Bratislava which was also a capital city in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. We started in Hviedslovska Square and during the tour we took in several of the attractions including The Blue Church, a high school in primrose yellow, Hlavne namesta, St Martin's Cathedral....Related to:
- Historical Travel
Kostol milosrdných bratov
Church of the Merciful Brothers
This is an early-baroque complex of buildings that date from 1728 and incorporates a church, monastery and hospital. The hospital played a significant role during the pestilence in 1710 – 1713 and also in a bourgeois revolution in 1848 – 1849. The centre of the complex is the square tower of the church.
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- Religious Travel
Walk This Way
Visitors to Bratislava can take part in one of the daily free walking tours put on by Be Free Tours. My tour was lead by an Australian guide who had a seemingly-obsessive interest in Slovak history and minimal interest in anything else (art, architecture, culture, etc.). As he lead our tour group for about two and a half hours we saw a number of interesting things that I might not have bothered visiting otherwise, though at times he stretched the truth (don't believe what they say about cannonballs) or kept us standing in the sun for a long time. The great thing about free walking tours is that you pay the guide what you feel is appropriate. DON'T BE A JERK, but do use your discretion when considering whether your needs were met. I've typically tipped between five and ten euros per tour, depending on the quality of the guide and the number of people participating. At the time I'm writing this tours are leaving twice daily, but check their website for current info.
Not-so-funny Story: I did the tour that departed at 11:00 in the morning. I arrived at the meeting place around 10:50 and there were already some other tourists waiting. There was a group of three guys standing together... until one of them suddenly fell down, crashed into a tree, tried to fall onto a bench and ended up landing in a flower bed. His friends were like, "Aaah, he just partied too hard last night." The moral of this story is that walking tours can be strenuous, so make sure you've got comfortable shoes, a bottle of water and enough energy to be on your feet in the hot sun or cold snow for the duration of the tour. If you're hungover consider the later tour!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Budget Travel
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The area around the Blue Church, just east of Bratislava's Old Town, is home to a number of architectural gems. Opposite the church there is an abandoned hospital with (in my opinion) eerie sculptures on its facade, and nearby you'll also find a high school (gymnasium) designed by Odon Lechner (he of the Blue Church). Be on the lookout for colorful Art Nouveau facades as well.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
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Street art 3: other things
As well as all the architectural twiddles and embellishments I have mentioned in my other tip there are other things to spot as you wander Bratislava's Old Town and its surrounding streets.
Here are a few things to look out for:
1. The huge 'Peace Globe' fountain outside Grassalkovich Palace on Hodzovo Namestie. It was switched off for the winter when I visited, unfortunately...but the pigeons enjoyed it as a perch! This should really be in the Soviet era tip, as it dates from late Communist times (1982).
2. The two bronze girls with their skateboard enjoying a very relaxing time on Postova, between Nam SNP and Hodzovo Nam.
3. St George killing the dragon.
4. Old external frescoes which appear to have been recently discovered and preserved on a building on the corner of Biela and Frantiskanske Nam.
5. The bronze guardsman standing in his concrete hut n he spot where a real guardsman once stood (though his hut was wooden) in Hlavne Namestie.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
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