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10 Interesting Facts About Bratislava Castle

Facts About Bratislava Castle

  • Bratislava Castle is the main castle of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.
  • The first traces of settlement on the Castle Hill stem from the transition period between the Stone and Bronze Age, called Aeneolthicum. The hill was then inhabited by people of a groove ornamental pottery period, known as Baden Culture.
  • Bratislava became the official coronation town for Hungarian Kings and the castle became the formal seat of the kings of Royal Hungary.
  • Bratislava Castle was first written reference to the city, which appears in the Annals of Salzburg of 907, in association with a battle between Bavarians and Hungarians.
  • After the Empress and her son Joseph II died, the castle was deserted and became a military garrison.
  • On June 6, 2010, the reconstruction of the Honorary Courtyard of Bratislava Castle was completed with a large nationally televised unveiling ceremony of an equestrian statue of King Svätopluk I by Slovak sculptor Ján Kulich.
  • The main Castle building includes 4 towers. The tallest and largest is the Crown Tower, on the southwest corner.
  • On 28 May 1811, a fire begun accidentally by garrisoned soldiers gutted the structure
  • In the 1930s plans were put forward to either rebuild the castle ruins into a new structure or to destroy it altogether.
  • The name of the castle is recorded on coins, issued by the first Hungarian king Stephan I (1000-1038) with engraving- Preskava Civ, which certainly means as much as Preslavov (Breslavov) Castle.
Facts About Bratislava Castle
Facts About Bratislava Castle

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