Hello, my dear friends,

I would like tell you about a great day I spent in Bratislava. Sixteen students, their teacher, Ms. Judit Young, and I visited the Bratislava Castle and the Old Town. It was a long walk, but I saw so many interesting places, beautiful buildings, unique statues and smiley, happy people. The weather was perfect with the sun shining and making us warm all day.

Our first stop in the Old Town was the Bratislava Castle. This is what I learned about the history of the Bratislava Castle: this beautiful landmark, overlooking the capital, was built in the 9th century. It stands on the hill above the Danube River. Eleven kings and eight queens were crowned in Bratislava in the past. Bratislava became the official coronation town for Hungarian Kings and the castle became the formal sear of the kings of Royal Hungary. Since we are Hungarians, a minority ethnic group living in Slovakia, we are quite proud of this fact. J It is nice to know that the history of Bratislava is so closely connected with Hungarians as it used to be part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Maria Theresa had the castle extensively reconstructed with the help of the best imperial architects. She had a new palace (so-called Theresianum) built along with other residential buildings and added new French gardens.  After the Empress and her son Joseph II died, the Castle was deserted and became a military garrison. On May 1811, there was a huge fire in the military warehouse. Only ruins were left. After WWII, the Castle underwent serious reconstruction and renovation. In 1968, state leaders signed a document for the establishment of the Czechoslovak Federation. In 1992, the new constitution of independent Slovakia was signed here too. The Bratislava Castle’s silhouette is created by four wings , each with a corner tower. For two centuries, the south-west tower (jewel’s tower) housed the Hungarian coronation jewels. The area in front of the Castle is called Yard of Honour. It is bordered by two triumphal gates and guard houses of the imperial guard.

As for the views, I can tell you that the views on Bratislava from the Castle area are magnificent. Let the photos speak for themselves…

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The first shot at the Castle. We were on our way to this beautiful landmark in Bratislava.

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After enjoying the spectacular views from the Castle, we went back to Old Town, walked around  and took many photos. Here they are with captions.

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This is where we entered the Old Town.

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Our first stop – a souvenir shop.

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I loved this bronze sculpture of a man peeping out of the manhole. His name is Čumil and he is probably resting after cleaning the sewer.

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This time I didn’t ride this charming red mini-vehicle because I preferred walking. But had to have a photo of it…

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This is the statue of Schöner Náci. I found out that he was the son of a shoemaker and grandson of a famous clown,  Ignác Lamár, and was inspired by the latter’s example to bring happiness to the streets of the city. He walked around the Old Town in top hat and tails, greeting women with the words, “I kiss your hand” in German, Hungarian and

 

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Here we are on the Main Square of Bratislava in front of the Old Town Hall. It is the oldest city hall in the country and it is one of the oldest stone buildings still standing in Bratislava, with the tower being built approximately in 1370. It houses the oldest museum in Bratislava, the Bratislava City Museum, founded in 1868, featuring an exhibit of the city hystory and an exhibit of torture devices

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I felt so nice on the hat of this bronze statue of a Napoleonic soldier leaning over a bench on the old town’s Main Square.

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We are standing on the street which leads us to Michael’s Gate which is one of the symbols of Bratislava. The roof of the original Gothic tower, built in the mid 14th century, was modified between 1753 and 1758 to give it its current, baroque style. At the top of the tower is a statue of the archangel Michael, slaying a dragon. You can go up to the tower, but it wasn’t open when we were there.

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This is the building of the historical Slovak National Theatre, the oldest Slovak professional theatre consisting of 3 ensembles, opera, ballet and drama.

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This is the narrowest house in Slovakia and possibly in the whole of Europe. It dates from the end of the 18th century and is located next to Michael’s Tower in a site previously occupied by part of the old city walls.

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Here’s a photo of the St. Martin’s Dome. This nice historical building witnessed the coronation of Hungarian Kings. During 1563-1830, 11 Hungarian Kings and 8 royal wives were crowned here.

My day walking in the Old Town of Bratislava was truly amazing. I learned so much about this spectacular city. Hope to come back here sometime…

Have a nice day you all,

Tedd