Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and the country's largest city with more than 400,000 citizens. The monuments of this city reflect the many cultures that have had a major influence in this city's history, from the Celtic founders and Romans in ancient times to the more modern-day influences of Hungary, Germany, Austria, Poland and a large Judaic population. This Eastern European city has many historical monuments worth visiting.
The Reduta Concert Hall
"The Reduta" is the most popular and commonly used name for the Slovak National Theater Opera House and was built back in 1773. The building is a unique blend of neo-Baroque, Rococo and Art Nouveau styles of architecture. This building was used for many purposes throughout time but is now dedicated solely to music. The Reduta is home to the Slovak Philharmonic, which keeps up the city's tradition of classical music, a tradition that has seen historical greats like Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Rubinstein and Hummel all write and perform in Bratislava.
Reduta Concert Hall
816 01 Bratislava, Slovakia
St. Martin's Cathedral
St. Martin's Cathedral is a three-part Gothic-style church that was built on the site and around an original Romanesque church. St. Martin's Cathedral has a long history behind it and was the site of Hungarian kings' coronations from 1523 until the end of the Austria-Hungary Empire. There are four chapels inside of St. Martin's Cathedral, and the Tower of the Minister soars more than 275 feet from the roof and can be seen from most of the city.
St. Martin's Cathedral
1, 811 01 Bratislava
The Grassalkovich Palace was built as a summer palace in 1760 for chairman of the Hungarian Royal Chamber and long used as a staging place for aristocratic parties among government officials and nobility. The palace is a representative seat for the head of state, but the spacious outer gardens and playground are open for the public from dawn to dusk every day, regardless of the season.
811 01 Bratislava
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