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    Devin monument

    by Raimix Updated Dec 15, 2013

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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.

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    Old market house

    by Raimix Updated Dec 15, 2013

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    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.

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    Parliament house

    by Raimix Updated Dec 15, 2013

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    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.

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    Narrowest house

    by Raimix Updated Dec 15, 2013

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    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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    Clarissine church

    by Raimix Updated Dec 15, 2013

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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

    by Raimix Updated Dec 15, 2013

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    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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    Plague column

    by Raimix Updated Dec 15, 2013

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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.

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    Map of Bratislava

    by alectrevor Updated Sep 22, 2013

    . 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.

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    Trip to Trnava

    by alectrevor Written Sep 22, 2013

    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

    Trnava rail station

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    Magistrates Office

    by grayfo Written May 31, 2013

    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”

    email hovorca@bratislava.sk

    July 2007

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    Be Free Walking Tour

    by jonathanbarker Written Mar 11, 2013

    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....

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    Kostol milosrdných bratov

    by grayfo Written Feb 1, 2013

    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.

    July 2007

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    Street art 3: other things

    by leics Written Nov 4, 2012

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    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.

    2. Bronze Girls 1. Peace Globe. 3. St George and the dragon 4. Old frescoes re-discovered. 5. Bronze guardsman.
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    Street (and other) Art 2: the Communist era

    by leics Written Nov 4, 2012

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    I am sure there are many other sculptures etc which I did not come across, but the ones in this tip are all in or within easy walking distance of Bratislava's Old Town.

    The Monument to the Soviet Uprising in Namestie SNP remembers partisans who fought against the Nazis in the Second World War. Ironically, Nam SNP is where thousands gathered in the time leading up to the 1989 fall of communism. I particularly liked the women's costumes.

    The chunky L'udovit Stur Memorial stands on Namestie L'Stura, next to Reduta Palace, is dedicated to four national heroes, including the eponymous Stur.

    I'm not sure if the sculptures on the side of the modern Municipal Courthouse date from the Soviet era or not, but their style is certainly very similar.

    The smoke-blackened sculpture of workers is on a derelict building facing the 'Little Blue Church'.

    I didn't realise that Novy Most (UFO bridge), built between 1967 and 1972, was actually named the 'Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising'.

    Memorial to the Slovak National Uprisinig Municipal Courthouse L'udovit Stur memorial Derelict factory entrance Foggy Novy Most
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    Street art : the 'quirky' ones

    by leics Written Nov 4, 2012

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    I've been told that 'You haven't visited Bratislava until you have seen Cumil'. Well, I saw him (and an artful street performer making his money by posing right beside the sculpture), so i know I've visited Bratislava!

    'Cumil' (pronounced 'chumil') is a workman looking out of a manhole. He even has his own 'Warning: man at work' sign (apparently because he has nearly been beheaded twice by vehicles!). You'll find him at the junction of Panska and Rybarska Brana.

    Then there's the 'Paparazzi' peeking round the corner of Laurinska and Radnicna, with his zoom lens aimed at the entrance to the upmarket 'Paparazzi' restaurant.

    On the main square, Hlavne Namestie, you'll find a Napoleonic soldier leaning on the back of a bench.

    And then there's Schoener Naci tipping his hat. Apparently, this chap ('Beautiful Ignaz') was a local oddity in earl 20th-century Bratislava, poor but always well-dressed and a regular sight on the streets. He gave flowers to passing ladies and locals gave him food. He's more or less opposite Cumil, on Rybarska Brana.

    Cumil Schoener Naci Paparazzi Napoleonic soldier Cumil and street 'artist'
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