Bratislava Castle

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Region: Region Bratislava (Bratislavský kraj)
District: Bratislava I
City / Municipality: Bratislava, City part / Municipality part:Staré Mesto (Old Town)
Latitude:48° 8' 31.992000000238" / 48.142220000000066
Longitude:17° 6' 8.2820861280197E-11" / 17.100000000000023
Included in categories: Museums, Castle museums and mansions, Castles
Bratislava Castle - Slovakia Bratislava Castle is the dominant of the Capital of the Slovak Republic - Bratislava. It stands on a hill on the left bank of the river Danube, where dominates building of the former royal palace. The castle is an important memorial of historical development in the history of Great Moravia, Hungary, former Czechoslovakia and today's Slovakia. At present time there are exhibits of the Slovak National Museum and part of the premises are used for representative and state purposes.

The hill, which stands today's Bratislava Castle on, and also the territory of today's city has been inhabited for thousands of years for its strategic location in the center of Europe.

Traces of the oldest settlement come from about 4 500 - 3 500 years from the period of the eneolite (Late Stone Age). Their settlements were built here by the people of Kalenderberg Culture in Hallstatt period (about 850 - 450 years B.C.) During the La Tene period (Younger Iron Age) the castle was inhabited by Celtic culture. Findings at the Bratislava Castle also show the presence of the Romans in the 2nd - 3rd century A.D. Bratislava Castle in the 9th century can be considered as significant Moravian fortress - religious and secular center.

After the fall of Great Moravia there was built castle in place of fortress, which was rebuilt several times in the Middle Ages. The castle was the seat of several kings (e.g. King Solomon, King Imrich, Zigmund Luxemburg, Maria Theresa).

Significant period was the period from the late 16th century until the beginning of the reign of Joseph II (1780). Crown Tower of Bratislava castle was was the place where Hungarian crown jewels were deposited. In the years 1563 - 1830, Bratislava was a coronation town. During this period, 18 kings and queens were crowned in Bratislava.

Important period of building development began during the reign of Sigismund of Luxembourg in the years 1387 - 1437.Bratislava castle passed through Renaissance reconstruction in 1552 - 1562. The great architectural period of the castle was during the reign of Maria Theresa. Rebuilding of the castle was realized by important builders of its time (the period is known as theresian rebuilding of the castle). During this period area was rebuilt for needs of queen's residence and was extened by several annex building, too ... more about History of Bratislava castle

Last comprehensive renovation of the castle took place between 2008 and 2014. It is part of a large-scale reconstruction project of the castle and its surroundings. It also includes restoration of unpreserved parts of the castle, including a northern garden with a garden pavilion. At present time, there are realized futher works at the castle, which started in year 2014.

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