Slavín Monument, Bratislava
Slavin memorial is standing on the high hill of Bratislava town, where you can oversee Bratislava old town, Danube. It is half an hour or more to walk to that memorial from the old town.
Slavin monument stands here from 1960 and was constructed to commemorate Soviet soldiers, who died in Bratislava in 1945, it was so called liberation from German soldiers period.
Strange to see here a must-see-object, associated with soviet soldiers, but it is even more strange to see the same in Vienna, that is already more Western country ;)
The Slavin Monument is a very interesting memorial (and cemetery) to visit in Bratislava. This monument is for the Soviet soldiers who died while freeing the city in the second world war. You can see a great view of the city here.
Slavin is Slovakia’s national monument. It is dedicated to the victims of WWII and so, it got a soviet touch – especially as it first mentioned only the 6000 soviet soldiers who died in liberating Slovakia from the German Nazi regime. There’s still a russian soldier cemetery on this place. An irony of history is the fact that Alexander Dubcek, the father of the Prague spring, had its house just a short walk away from this place.
Today, Slavin and its surrounding gardens are a recreation area. From this monument, you’ll have an excellent view over Bratislava (at least, when it isn’t that foggy…). The base of the monument is kept in a 1950s post-stalinistic style. The dates on which several cities of Slovakia were liberated are marked on the walls.
Slavín was built to commemorate the Russian and other soldiers who fought in the II. world war to free Bratislava from the Nazis. It was built during the communist era so it has all the signs of that era - huge and scary, but the view is worth it especially at dusk.
I haven't seen many Soviet war memorials but this one is worth a visit. Not onlyisthepark quite nice, but great views across the city can be enjoyed. It is also a peaceful place where one can escape the city and relax...
I chose to make Slavin Hill the first stop on my personal tour of Bratislava. When I am in a place for the first time, I always like to go somewhere "high" so I can get a good sense of its topography.
There are several structural groups scattered amidst the flower gardens atop Slavin Hill. One of them, "Comrades" I've chosen as one of the images to put on the first page of my Bratislava album. These "flower girls" are also examples of the style of "heroic realism" that was so much in fashion around the world in the 1950s.
The Slavin Monument is well-tended and cared for: this is obviously still an important place. Which is how it should be. Even if the Soviet Army overstayed its initial welcome, there remains the fact that it is a good thing to remember that wars cost lives, young lives. (It's also good to reflect that "liberating armies" can create their own tyrannies.)
The Slavin monument is a very imposing and impressive example of architectural design from the Soviet era. It commemorates the sacrifices of the Soviet Army in liberating Slovakia and Bratislava from the hated Nazis in World War II. It was created in an era where the use of traditional design motifs in monuments was still welcomed - on both sides of the iron curtain. It's very 1950s!
In 1967 the Slavin War Memorial was erected for the 6847 Soviet Soldiers who died during the liberation battle of Bratislava. The "Slavin" and the nice gardens around it offers some good views on the city and is nowadays a favourite place for lovers. Bus 207 from Hodzovo Namestie is going there.
Another quite famous monument in Bratislava is Slavin. It is a cemetery, where russian soldier are buried.
There is a beautiful view on Bratislava from Slavin, you can have a picnic there, because it is a nice place to go.