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    Old town hall

    by Odiseya Updated Feb 17, 2014

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    Old Town Hall (Slovak: Stará radnica) is one of oldest stone building in Slovakia. It was build trough centuries. It started in 13th century and completed in 1599. It was renovated in 18th and 20th century. That is reason why this building have all diferent details and styles. Namely it was originally Gothic, but now is combination of baroque, neo-renaissance and neo-gothic architecture style. Truthfully, it looks me as some old roman catholic church but still very nice.

    Trough centuries it was a very important cultural institution. Formerly the Town hall, the oldest in country and now is also and oldest museum in Bratislava, the Bratislava City Museum. That moseum dates back to 1868. Interesting is that besides a exhibition of the city history there is also and an exhibit of torture devices. And that is very seriously.

    Besides this it is also one of main attraction in Old town and in Bratislava in general. Nice tall tower is also and nice viewer point. It offers a nice view on Old Town.

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    Town hall

    by Raimix Updated Dec 15, 2013

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    Town hall stands in very center of Bratislava. It is quite different from other buildings around due to baroque tower. Anyway, town hall is older than Baroque period. It was built starting from 14th century, most of buildings are from Gothic times, also Renaissance. So, visit also the inner yard of town hall, that is arched one.

    Nowadays town hall houses Bratislava city museum, I would like to visit it if I go there next time.

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    Stara Radnica – Town Hall

    by grayfo Updated May 27, 2013

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    The Old Town Hall (the oldest in Slovakia) is a complex of buildings built in 1370 and with bits added on over the years. In the background is Jacob’s tower, from 1370. Since 1868 it has housed the Municipal Museum which includes an atmospheric dungeon.

    Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Saturday to Sunday: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

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    The Old Town Hall.

    by Askla Updated Dec 10, 2012

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    The Old Town Hall was built in the 1421, joining a number of burgher houses. In the chapel of St Ladislav unique wall paintings from the 15th century are preserved. A renaissance arcade was added to the building in 1581.
    It has undergone several reconstructions over the centuries.

    The front side.
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    City Tours.

    by Askla Updated Dec 10, 2012

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    You can take a city tour starting from the Old Town Square. You will then have the opportunity to ride in such an old car like the one in the picture.

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    Primatial Palace.

    by Askla Updated Dec 10, 2012

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    The Primatial Palace (about 25m from this marker) was built between 1777 and -81 for Cardinal Józef Batthyány, Archbishop of Esztergom and Primate of Hungary. He used it as his winter palace. On top of the roof, above the entrance, is a 150kg cast-iron cardinal's hat.
    It is currently the seat of the mayor.

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    The Old Town Hall

    by leics Written Nov 3, 2012

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    The old Town Hall is made up of a number of buildings, some of which date from the 1300s. Of course, it has undergone many additions and changes over the centuries. and i is now the Bratislava City Museum. From my exploration of the buildings (exterior only) , I think it is pretty obvious that they have been recently restored and renovated.

    But there are some lovely, and some ancient, touches still to be found: two obviously original Romanesque lions guard the entrance which leads from Primacialne Namestie (where you will find the pink Primate's Palace); dragons (or lizards?) and bats are carved into the stonework; an arched, first-floor gallery runs around part of the internal courtyard.

    If you enter the museum (I didn't) it is possible to climb the tower for views of the city.

    Well worth a wander round, even if you don't want to visit the museum.

    Old Town Hall Dragon or lizard? Bug-eyed bat Romanesque lion Interior courtyard view
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    Main Square with shopping

    by dustmon Written Jun 26, 2010

    While we stopped at the Cafe Mayer on the corner, we watched all the folks shopping through the little booths set up with handicrafts and such. One booth had handmade tin soldiers and another had handmade candies.....

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    Beware the Peeper

    by dustmon Written Jun 23, 2010

    Our guide was nice enough to give us advice not to rub the top of this little guy's head, as is the common thing for tourists to do (for luck I guess) as she says this little top-knot on the Peeper's head is the favorite place for local dogs to do their business, so to speak---not a place I would want my children touching !!! So take a photo and walk on by!

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    Hlavné námestie (Main Square)

    by antistar Written May 16, 2009

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    A small square lined with pretty buildings with ornate and colourful facades, Bratislava's main square is overlooked by its shy, retiring town hall. The Old Town Hall (Stará radnica) is pleasant, easily mistaken for a church, and doesn't stand out from the crowd of buildings in the square at all. It does contain the city's museum, though, so it's worth seeking out.

    The other main piece in the square is the Roland Fountain, constructed by Maximillian II, the King of Hungary 1572. It's one of the most famous landmarks in Slovakia, and a popular meeting point.

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    St George's fountain on Primacial Palace

    by WStat Written Jul 30, 2008

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    The Palace, built in 1778 and located in the centre of Old Town is considered as one the most beautiful building in Bratislava. Its pale pink and white exterior is topped with various marble statues and a large cast iron cardinal’s hat. The hat is a symbol of the Archbishop, for whom the palace was built, and of the various cardinals who lived here throughout the years.
    A very special point of interest is the fountain and statue of St. George in the courtyard and the St. Ladislaus chapel. The palace is open from Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm, and admission is 40SK.

    St George Fountain in the courtyard of the palace
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    The rear wing of the old townhall

    by WStat Written Jul 30, 2008

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    Originally the site of a towered house in the 14th century, the old town hall arose in the 15th century by connecting several burgher houses, and then went through several reconstructions in the course of the centuries. After the earthquake of 1599, it was reconstructed in Renaissance style, while the town-hall tower was rebuilt in baroque style in the 18th century. In 1912 the rear wing was constructed in neo-renaissance style from the side of the courtyard, and neo-gothic style from the side of the Primacial square.
    Today it hosts the Bratislava City Museum, displaying exhibitions of Bratislava's history.

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    See the gothic Old Town Hall Tower

    by WStat Written Jul 30, 2008

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    Bratislava's Old Town Hall (Slovak: Stará radnica, Hungarian: régi városháza) is one of the oldest stone buildings in Bratislava, and the oldest city hall in Slovakia.
    The principal building adjacent to the tower was built by the city mayor Jakab in the 14th century, while the tower itself (originally Gothic) was erected in the late 13th century.
    The town-hall tower was of defensive nature. At the bottom, you can find a table with the date of February 1850, marking the high water level when the Danube flooded. Left of the Gothic window, there is immured a cannon ball commemorating the attacks of Napoleonic troops in 1809. At the corner of the tower, the statue of Madonna of 1676 is located.

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    Town Hall

    by Airpunk Written Jun 25, 2008

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    This 13th century building served many purposes, such as being the town hall as well as the see of the semi-autonomus Pressburg Administration. By Acquisition of a neighbouring building, it has grown into a complex mixing late gothic architecture with Baroque and Art Nouveau. Also, Primate’s Palace is part of the complex. The well-known tower was added in the 14th century, but it was damaged by a fire and replaced in the 18th century by today’s baroque style one. Today, the city museum is located in a medeival part of the building, while a hall for official and cultural events is located in the Primate’s Palace. A wine museum is also located in this complex.

    The town hall as seen from main square The inner court of the town hall complex Town hall with its tower - not the colourful roof
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    Old Guardhouse

    by Airpunk Written Jun 25, 2008

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    A replica of the old guardhouse now stands on the place where the original one was. It was in use from 1767 until it burnt down in 1860. Now, there’s nothing to guard in that old-fashioned way – perhaps with exception of the japanese embassy which is right behind the guardhouse :)

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