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Old Town hall.

The Old Town Hall is located in the heart of the city center, between the Main square (Hlavne namestie) and Primate’s square where the Primate’s Palace stands.The Old Town is facing onto the Main Square .It's the oldest city hall in the country and one of the oldest stone buildings still standing in Bratislava.
The premises of the Old Town Hall form a complex of buildings which has constant changes from the 13th century up to now.The oldest building that the foundation dating from the13th century, was replaced in 1374 with a new house with a tower..
The building was used as a town hall from the 15th century through the late 19th century. It also served as something else , including housing a prison and mint, and being place of trade and celebrations, also used as the city's arsenal depository and municipal archive.
Today it hosts the Bratislava City Museum, displaying exhibitions of Pressburg's history. Exhibited items include torture instruments, the old town dungeons, antique weapons and armour, paintings and miniatures. One interesting thing is a cannonball embedded in the tower wall, shot by Napoleon's soldiers in 1809 during bombardment of the city from Petržalka. The attic of the Apponyi Palace is used as a Study Depository of Glass and Ceramics.
During the summer its courtyard hosts few concerts ,and Christmas fair takes place here from the end of November until the end of December.

If you want to go up to the tower .You have to go inside the Museum of City History which is housed by the Town Hall. FRom up there you can see the colorful buildings of Old Town ,the Main square and a clear view of the UFO tower, St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Bratislava castle .

The ticket fee is 5 Euro. Open daily except Mondays, 10:00–17:00 on Tue -Fri and 11:00-18:00 Sat -Sun.

rosequartzlover1's Profile Photo
Sep 27, 2016

Bratslava Old Town Hall

One of the city's oldest buildings, the Old Town Hall was constructed in xxxx. It served as the town hall for Bratsava from the 15th century until nearly the beginning of the 19th. In that nearly 400 year span the building served not only as a town hall but also as a mint, arsenal. archive, and even housed a prison Today the Bratslava Museum which depicts the history of the town is on the first floor of the facility.

We visited the Old Town Hall as part of the free museum day on a late April; Sunday. The first floor museum had some great exhibits and models showing the history of the town. However a big crowd formed beginning on the first floor to see the Old Town Hall tower. The tower offers some commanding 360 degree views of the town. There is also a very nice interior courtyard that has been well preserved.

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May 16, 2015

Old town hall

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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Feb 17, 2014

Town hall

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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Dec 15, 2013
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Stara Radnica – Town Hall

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

July 2007

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May 27, 2013

The Old Town Hall.

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.

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Dec 10, 2012

The Old Town Hall

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.

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Nov 03, 2012

Old Town Hall

The Town Hall is very well preserved/restored and has a really lovely courtyard where part of the Christmas Market takes place. It also houses a museum which I have not visited. A very pleasing environment.

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Dec 21, 2010

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The rear wing of the old townhall

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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Jul 30, 2008

See the gothic Old Town Hall Tower

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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Jul 30, 2008

Town Hall

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.

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Jun 25, 2008

The old town hall

Old Town Hall is one of the oldest stone buildings in Bratislava, and the oldest city hall in Slovakia.The Old Town Hall is located in the heart of the city center, between the Main Square and the Primate's square, next to the Greek and Japanese embassies.

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Mar 04, 2008

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Primate's Palace

As you wander round the old town of Bratislava you cannot fail to notice a striking pink building.This is the primates palace.Built between 1778 and1781 for archbishop Batthyany,it is now used to hold...
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Bratislava City Museum

You find the City Museum in the Old Town Hall. The museum was established in 1868 and is one of the oldest museum
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Old Town - Stare Mesto

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Hlavna Namestie - Main Square

Hlavné námestie or "Main Square"is one of the most famous squares in Bratislava.It's in the Old Town. Some of the main landmarks found in the square are the "Old Town Hall" and "Roland Fountain". ...
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SNP Square

Big public space not far from Old town is ideal for public gatherings as protest or concerts. It is, in fact, one of biggest square in Bratislava. There are familiar statues in honor of the Slovak...
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St. Michael's Gate

St.Michaels gate is the only remaining gate in the city walls of Bratislava.It is now used to house the weapons exhibition of the Bratislava city museum.If you walk beneath the white tower and through...
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