This is my most favourite...
It was built by architect M. Hefele in 1778 till the 1781. This palace is also known as the Archbishop's Palace. This palace was the residence of the Slovak President till 1996 when then the official residence moved to the Grassalkovich Palace.
This Palace is very famous for its Hall of Mirrors and its Tapestries.
The famous Hall of Mirrors saw alot of major historic events such as the Peace Treaty of Pressburg between Austria and France which was signed here in the year 1805 and also the opening session of the Hungarian Parliment until the city bought this palace in the year 1903.
The most fascinating thing about this Palace is its unknown tapestries. Those tapestries were found folded behind the wall paper and they illustrate the tragic love of ancient Legend Hero and Leandros.
These tapestries were woven in London in the 1630s and are today six beautiful pieces of art with a beautiful tragic love story that once you go through this palace and follow the story through these tapestries you will always remember the story of the poor Leandros...
The Primate's Palace, was built between 1777 and 1781 and is striking for its pink and marble exterior and neoclassical design. It was built for Cardinal Josef Batthyany, who also held the titles of Archbishop of Esztergom and Primate of Hungary. Today, the Primate's Palace is part of the Bratislava City Hall. In 1811, when the Bratislava Castle burned down, it was commonplace for members of the Hapsburg family to stay in the palace whenever they were visiting Bratislava.
Perhaps the most famous event to ever take place in the palace occurred on December 26, 1805 when the Treaty of Pressburg was signed by Napolean Bonaparte (between France and Austria) in the palace's Hall of Mirrors, where a plaque commemorating the treaty can be seen today.
The is open everyday except for holidays and special occasions and is accessible for a small fee. If you're only in Bratislava for a day from Vienna, make this one of your stops for sure.
To me, the most visually striking of Bratislava's many palaces was the Primaciálny palác (Primate's Palace). Perhaps this was because we reached it from a narrow street, which made the palace seem all the more impressive.
We did not have time to go in, but it is said the Palace's exhibition of 17th-century English tapestries is worth the visit.
The Primate's Palace was built in 1781 as a residence for the Archbishop of Esztergom and was the site of Napoleon and Franz I signing a peace treaty in 1805 in the famous Hall of Mirrors.
Hours are 10 AM - 5 PM daily (closed Mondays). On Saturdays, expect weddings to be taking place here.
The Primate’s Palace was built by the architect M. Hefele in 1778-1781. The Palace, also known as the Palace of Archbishop of Estergom, was the temporal residence of the president of the Slovak Republic till 1996. The Palace is also famous because in 1805 Napoleon Bonaparte and Francis I of Hapsburg signed the Pressburg Truce in 1805, in its Mirror Hall. The Hall of Mirrors is a delightful room, and the chapel within the Palace can still be hired out for weddings.
Today, the palace houses part of the Municipal Museum, and has an excellent collection of English Tapestries, which were found hidden in the palace.
This Gate remembers really much... It belongs to the Summer Palace of Arcibishop in Bratislava during the Austria-Hungaria Empire, then the seat of the government. Nowadays there are occasionally demonstrations in front of this palace when unsatisfied people want to influence government how to decide in some cases. However, it is peaceful here all the time because the government always do as it wish :) as in other countries as well...
The Municipal Museum was established in the building of the Old Town Hall in 1868. It is the oldest still existing museum in Bratislava. Nearby is the former Esztergom Archbishop's Palace, the classicistic Primate's Palace`. Today it is the residence of the Mayor of Bratislava.
It is like a TV serie, huh? :) Well, I forgot to tell you that in one of the rooms once stood the piano and there was a lot of people in baroque clothes and ... one small kid walking to that piano. He played on it and then became famous. Yes, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was 6.
Interior is very nice and there is a gallery opened to everyone who will pay for ticket ;) Just one advice, if you're student, then you can enter for free. Avoid Mondays it is closed .. as all museums in Bratislava.
Inside you can see the collection of goblins (tapiseries) telling the story of Hero and Leander. Their unhappy love and dramatical end of Leandro's life. It is unique collection of this art and there were some demands to buy it for some London's museum. So it is worth to see...
Primate Palace is that nice pink building in the centre just close to the Main Square. If you will go there and notice that big hat over the sculpture don't laugh.. It is the sign that in this building was the seat of cardinal. This building was probably hated by Napoleon because he was forced to sign up there the Peace Treaty with Prussia in 18CT. Well, he abreacted his anger on Bratislava Castle a bit ...
Interior of this baroque building was also the seat of Empress Maria Theresa who loved Bratislava. She let there to built the Chappel and assisted in all decorations. :) I am sure ...
You also can find there family pictures (as her own in the wedding dress that was heavy almost 40 kgs...
Dating back to the 17th century this fountain shows the knight St George slaying a three headed dragon .
You will find this sculpture of St. John Nepomuck in the Primate's Palace courtyard. It was made in 1725.
Thank you, Skipka, for helping me out and reminding me that this beautiful building is the Primate's Palace of Bratislava!
Historic Hall of Mirrors, where Napoelon signed the Bratislava Peace Treaty in 1805. Gorgeous tapestries