In the historic City of Bratislava you can see historic churches and fortifications along with a range of museums.
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Here is a selection of some of the places for you to visit:
Situated on a hill overlooking the Old Town and River Danube, this historic Castle is a distinctive landmark in the City, and has four impressive towers along with a courtyard. The fortress was destroyed in a fire in the early 19th century, and was later reconstructed. You can visit the Museum of History, which is housed here and part of the Slovak National Museum, and from the Castle you can have panoramic views over the area.
Bratislava City Museum
Located in the Old Town Hall, this Museum houses an interesting collection of artefacts relating to the history of the City and range from the Neolithic period to the 20th century. Among the displays are those relating to the City’s industrial, economical, cultural, social and artistic past.
St. Martin’s Cathedral
This historic Gothic Cathedral is an imposing sight, as its tower was formerly built into the defensive fortifications of the City. It was the coronation Church of Hungarian monarchs and there’s a copy of St. Stephen’s crown on the top of the tower, and other features include the impressive equestrian sculpture of St. Martin inside the Church.
This is an elegant Palace built in the 18th century in Neo-Classical style for Archbishop Jozsef Batthyany. The Palace’s Hall of Mirrors was where the Fourth Peace of Pressburg was signed in the early 19th century, and the Mayor of the City is now based here. You can visit the Palace and see such features as English 17th tapestries which were found in the Palace while it was being restored in the early 20th century.
This historic gate was originally built at the turn of the 14th century and was part of the City’s fortifications. It was reconstructed in the mid 18th century at which time a sculpture of St. Michael and the Dragon was added to the top of the Tower. It is now is the location for the Museum of Arms and visitors can enjoy wonderful views across the City from the top.
The Church of St. Elizabeth
Situated in the old Town of Bratislava, this attractive Church was built in the early 20th century in Hungarian Secessionist style, a form of Art Nouveau. It is aptly referred to as The Little Blue Church as it is a very beautiful light blue colour, inside and out, and you can also see the lovely altarpieces inside the Church.
The Roland Fountain
Situated in the Old Town, this is a beautiful Fountain and a distinctive landmark in Bratislava. The Fountain was built in the second half of the 16th century and commissioned by King Maximilian II of Hungary, and there is a sculpture of him on the fountain, depicted in his armour.
This is an impressive cable-stayed bridge that crosses the Danube River in the City. It was built in the early 1970’s and is often called the UFO Bridge due to the restaurant on the pylon which is shaped like a flying saucer, and from which you can enjoy great views across the City.
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