One of Bratislava’s oldest and most prized National Cultural Monuments – the Water Tower – is undergoing sensitive restoration. This oldest building in this area is dated to the 2nd to 11th centuries AD. The tower served an important strategic and defensive function for almost 400 years until the 17th century.

“The restoration of the Water Tower will fully respect its high historical value. As the result will be its revitalization, integration into public space, and additional municipal cultural institutions.” said Zoltán Müller, Chairman of the Board of Vydrica Development. “The public space around the Water Tower will be the crossroads of the emerging Vydrice extended promenade. From the historic city centre to the Danube embankment,” said Bratislava spokeswoman Katarína Rajčanová.

In coming days, the investor plans to launch an architectural competition for the Water Tower’s future design. The tender assignment and conditions have already been consulted with the Municipal Metropolitan Institute of Bratislava, the Municipal Institute for the Protection of Monuments in Bratislava, and also in cooperation with the Regional Monuments Office and Bratislava Old Town.

Slovak legionaries in the Czech-Slovak legions (1914 – 1920) will be commemorated by Matica Slovenská (MS). With the unveiling of a memorial plaque on the former Legiobanka building (now Eximbank) on Bratislava’s Grösslingova Street.

“Slovak legionnaires deserve be more appreciated by society because they made a major contribution to new Slovak national and democratic life. After the Austro-Hungarian monarchy dissolved. Without these legions, Slovak and Czech politicians in the first foreign resistance of 1914-1918 would have found it difficult to persuade the Treaty Powers to support the founding of the first Czechoslovakia.

We owe the establishment of this large foreign resistance army. Primarily to the Minister and General Milan Rastislav Štefánik,” said MS chairman Marián Gešper. “Slovak legionnaires included Slovak nationals and MS figures such as Janko Jesenský, Jozef Gregor Tajovský, Vladimír Daxner. And the generals Rudolf Viest and Jozef Martin Kristin – father of the actress Eva Kristinová,” he added.

The Slovak National Museum (SNM) has unveiled the new Romans and Slovakia exhibition. Which can be seen until June 30, 2022 at the Knights’ Hall in Bratislava Castle.

Visitors can see over 240 archaeological-historical items about Slovakia in the 1st to 4th centuries. I.e. when it was near and marginally part of the Roman Empire. Included are coins and rare finds from the Princely Tombs 5 and 6 of Zohor. Inspiring showcases symbolize the movement of Romans through territories and their arrival mid-Danube.

“Exhibition creators were inspired by Romans‘ progression along the Danube, i.e. that all roads lead to Rome,” added SNM exhibition commissioner Juraj Kucharík. The exhibition marks the 2000th anniversary of the Kingdom of Vanni, and the successful nomination of Slovak sites to the UNESCO Danube Limes (Western Segment) list.