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Bratislava, Slovakia: City Overview





Bratislava lies in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two sovereign states. The city's history has been influenced by people of many nations and religions, including Austrians, Bulgarians, Croats, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Jews, Serbs and Slovaks. It was the coronation site and legislative center and capital of the Kingdom of Hungary from 1536 to 1783, eleven Hungarian kings and eight queens were crowned in St. Martin's Cathedral, and most Hungarian parliament assemblies were held here from the 17th century until the Hungarian Reform Era, and has been home to many Hungarian, German and Slovak historical figures. Todays Bratislava is the political, cultural and economic centre of Slovakia. It is the seat of the Slovak president, the parliament and the Slovak Executive. It has several universities, and many museums, theatres, galleries and other cultural and educational institutions. Many of Slovakia's large businesses and financial institutions have headquarters there.













 

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Bratislava: Slavin (Monument & Military Cemetery)





Slavรญn is a memorial monument and military cemetery in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is the burial ground of thousands of Soviet Army soldiers who fell during World War II while taking over the city in April 1945 from the occupying German Wehrmacht units and the remaining Slovak troops who supported the clero-fascist Tiso government. It is situated on a hill amidst a rich villa quarter of the capital and embassy residences close to the centre of Bratislava. It was constructed between 1957 and 1960 on the site of a field cemetery, and opened on April 3, 1960 on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the city's liberation. The monument was constructed similar in kind to the Palace of Culture and Science in Stalinist architectural style. In 1961 it was declared a National Cultural Monument. Its designer was Jรกn Svetlรญk.













 

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Slovakia: Bratislava Castle






The Bratislava Castle is a massive rectangular building with four corner towers stands on an isolated rocky hill of the Little Carpathians directly above the Danube river in the middle of Bratislava. Because of its size and location, it has been a dominant feature of the city for centuries. The location provides excellent views of Bratislava, Austria and, in clear weather, parts of Hungary. Many legends are connected with the history of the castle.














 

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Slovakia: Big Palaces of Bratislava




Continuing with Bratislava, here comes a selection of palaces of the city. Note how interesting it is that the architecture overall shows influence of the former surrounding empires, such as Prussia and Austria-Hungary.





Grasalkovicov Palรกc:














Summer Episcopal Palace:











Primaciรกlny Palรกc:










 

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Prague: Central Station (Hlavni Nadrazi)




Praha Hlavnรญ Nรกdraลพรญ is the largest railway station in Prague and one of the largest of the Czech Republic. It opened in 1871 as Franz Josef Station, after Franz Joseph I of Austria. During the First Republic and from 1945 to 1948 the station was called Wilson Station (Czech: Wilsonovo nรกdraลพรญ), after the former President of the United States Woodrow Wilson. In 2014, the station served 224,505 trains (610 daily) and more than 53,000,000 passengers.













 
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