The poor state of the early Baroque (1661) church on Mikulášská Street — which is a National Cultural Monument. It has long been clear to Bratislavans. From a distance the roof is relatively new, but closer up the impression is completely different. Walls are disfigured, plaster is flaking from the facade, stone plinth cladding is broken in several places with pieces on the ground…

And the Pálffy coat of arms (the church was built by František Khuen, widow of palatine Pálffy) is obscured. “St. Nikolaj (Mikuláš) is a unique building with great cultural value. It has been impacted by the ravages of time, so in-depth renovation is now necessary — including improving thermal technical properties, reducing humidity, and removing mould,» said the Office of the Prešov Orthodox Diocese.

«We are hoping for the Restoration Plan, which also includes financing the restoration of historic and listed buildings,» the church said to «There is also a piece of wood from our Saviour Jesus Christ’s Holy and Life-Giving Cross, the remains of St. Sergei Radonežsky, and the remains of St. Mojsej Uhrin,” added the Orthodox Church, which has used the church since 1945 and been its proprietor since 2008.

Archaeological diggings at ​​Antic Gerulata in Rusovce Bratislava have revealed further rare finds. Such as third century coins, buckles, burners, horse harness, glass, iron objects, and Rétan ceramics, and a second-century comb. The latter evidences contacts between the Gerulata inhabitants with the ‘barbarian’ Germans. Bratislava City Museum (MMB) has announced these finding on its social network.

The research also investigated a medieval moat more than three meters deep and eight meters wide. Another precious find was a Roman military diploma fragment. The Museum of Ancient Gerulata in Rusovce is on the site of a former Roman military castle on the borders of the Limes Romanus fortification system (second to fourth centuries).

This year, the Roman Empire — Danube Limes (western part) site was added to the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. It includes two national cultural monuments in Slovakia: Gerulata, and  the Roman military camp (castle) in Iža (Komárno).

The Archangel Michael statue will be removed for renovation in September 2021. This will be a big event for Bratislava. The admirable work of master Petr Eller that has adorned the top of Michal’s Tower since 1758, will remain at academic sculptor Stanislav Kožela’s studio for many months. Coper sculpture’s extremities look very fragile, parts are missing, and minor damage is clearly visible. The overall renovation aims to restore the sculpture to its original appearance.

«The idea is to restore everything that has been preserved and to repair all damage. I have to remake the archangel’s right hand with a sword and add a left wing, and sculpt a tongue and ear for the dragon,» explains the sculptor. The sculpture is wrought from very thin 0.5 to 2 mm copper and weighs only about 50 kilograms. To withstand the high winds atop the  50-metre Michal’s Tower, it has a wrought iron structure throughout the inside. The time box was stored, as expected, in the archangel’s head. Opening the box will not be quite so simple: “The box is soldered on the sides and how to do it safe? When tin melts at 290 degrees, at what temperature does paper burn? ”

Original source in Slovak language: bratislavskenoviny

For centuries the Danube has been a popular place for riverside residents to swim and wash. «Sandy sections were primarily for recreation, but Danube swimming pools were also ideal for learning to swim or to play sports,» states the publication ( «In the 19th century, almost every major village along the Danube built a wooden swimming pool for natural swimming.

» These pools could be towed like boats, so were sometimes moved to another river section. The Danube swimming pools destroyed during World War II were sadly not rebuilt, due to a lack of wood and the risk of infections. A new large beach swimming pool area eventually opened in 1928 – Petržalka‘s popular Lido, but this too fell into decline.

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Presidential, former the palace of Count Anton Grasalkovic, an adviser to Maria Theresa, was built after 1760 outside the city walls at a former timber and charcoal market. Architect Andrej Mayerhoffer planned it in a particularly luxurious Rococo style, and it used to be a popular place for the nobility’s social occassions.  In the late 19th century, the great-grandson of Maria Theresa, Archduke Friedrich Maria Albrecht of Austria-Tešínsky (1856 — 1936), worked at the military headquarters in Bratislava with view to a military career.  He inherited the palace from his uncle, Archduke Albrecht, and it was repaired and modernized in the 1890s with a new kitchen, gas lighting, water supply, metal gates, and even telephones. They replaced the monogram of the original owner with the combined monogram of the archduke and his wife: Friedrich and Isabella — the golden letters F and I that are still visible today.

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Danube promenade in Bratislava — cities now seek to provide more than just comfortable living, public transport, and modern services. Landscaped public spaces, cultural and social facilities, parks. And promenades also contribute to residents’ quality of life and attract visitors too.

So the Danube promenade — which begins at Karlovske rameno (river branch) — will be extended to include a unique multiple-sports. And relaxation zone to benefit users of all ages and abilities. The latest safe climbing frames will be popular with kids, teens can enjoy a skatepark. And the area will have places for various ball games. The Activities Park under Apollo Bridge will be a huge hit with all adrenalin and fitness junkies.

The Activities Park and newly emerging Eurovea City public spaces were designed by Beth Galí — the world-famous architect and urban planner.

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Гид в Братиславе рекоммендует универмаг на Kamennom namesti который спустя много лет вернулся к своему исконному названию Prior. В конце сентября 2020 открылись ворота «Food court» с 14 гастро заведениями для 500 человек. Здесь находится словацкая кухня, португальская, индийская, вьетнамская, китайская, иранская, израельская, кухщя Ближнего Востока и многие другие. Фасад здания останется нетронутым, включая часы с колокольчиками, так как он является памятником архитектуры.

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Goose gourmets’ favourite season in Slovensky Grob (just outside Bratislava) is served from Saturday 5th September! Goose chefs (husacinars) from Slovenský Grob are both locally and internationally renowned for their delicious centuries-old recipes for crispy roasted goose and irresistible potato pancakes. In fine autumnal weather enjoy eating in cosy atmospheric courtyards where you will be poured traditional ‘burčiak’ fermented grape must. Or excellent Small Carpathian regional red, white or rose wines – all of which excellently complement the cuisine.

We recommend visiting cosy Guild of Husacinárs family restaurants to fully enjoy the authentic homely goose feast experience. And what better way to follow lunch or dinner than a relaxing stroll around this picturesque viniculture village and a selfie with the village’s symbol – a goose statue in the main square. Bon appetite!

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Bratislava Zoo in Mlynska Dolina celebrated its 60th anniversary on Saturday, May 9th 2020. The capital city’s zoo began to be constructed in 1959, opening the following year on May 9th.

From its very first decades the zoo enjoyed success, for example as one of the first in Europe to breed lynx. «The special breeding of antelopes, baboons, fallow deer and roe deer are especially noteworthy. We achieved outstanding successes with the first artificial breeding of spotted leopards and grazing hyenas in the-then Czechoslovakia,” said a zoo spokesperson.

The zoo unveiled DinoPark in 2004, a unique Central European exposition of Mesozoic reptiles. There is also new enclosures for carnivores and primates.  In July 2014, the Farmstead (Sedliacky Dvor) section showcased a petting zoo.

The forest part opened a new enclosure for Eurasian wolves. A new enclosure and breeding facility for brown bears is also in the pipeline. As of the latest headcount in December 2019, Bratislava Zoo has 1290 creatures great and small comprising 183 species.

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Slavín War Memorial in Bratislava (constructed 1960) is undergoing an extensive EUR 2 million reconstruction project with completion scheduled for 2022. Work on the first stage recently began on the stone plinth supporting the famous statue of a soldier. Slavín War Memorial in Bratislava is the burial place of 6,845 Red Army soldiers. «This project will also include establishing a new World War II exposition on Slavín. Such work will be based on study proposals and feasibility projects following the release of appropriate funds,» said Katarina Rajčanová, the city’s spokesperson. She added that the reconstruction will repair all problems with the main observation terrace, stairs, monument basement area. And all other wear and tear, as well as the comprehensive revitalization of Slavín’s extensive and popular green areas. Following reconstruction, it is envisioned that the ceremonial room will be open a few hours daily. And it will be enable the visiting public to pay their solemn respects at this historical place of remembrance.

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