Bratislava Castle in Bratislava Slovakia
The name of the town contains the name of a Great Moravian duke who ruled from the present Bratislava castle - Slovak scientist P. J. Šafárik was the first to note that the seemingly German name (Presburg) concealed a Slovak first name – Brecislav.
Monumental castle known from the beginning of 10th century, built on former Slavonian fortification from 9th century from Great Moravian Empire above Danube river. Latest reconstruction is from 1956-1968. One of the city signatures.
Architecture styles seen in castle: romanesque, gothic, renaissance, baroque
The castle stands on a hill where the earliest occupation dates back to the Neolithic period (5th millennium BC). The Castle was first time mentioned in Salzburg annals in 907 AD (The newly found Salzburg Chronicles contain the oldest name, recorded in 907 in the following wording: Bellum pessimum fuit ad Brezalauspurc (Unsuccessful battle took place at Brezalauspurc) ). Current appearance was built in 15th century AD (1427). The palace wing was built between 1431-34. Next reconstruction happened between 1552 - 1639 lead by Italian architects. The castle became coronation headquarters during the Tartar incursions from the east. The last big reconstruction was based on works of french, italian and austrian architects - J. N. Jadot, L. N. Pacassi and J. B. Martinelli in 1750-1760. In 1811 the castle was ruined by big fire and for 140 years remained damaged. The reconstruction started in 1953 restored its original appearance.
I’ve been working on my laptop at the castle today. It’s good to live so near to the castle. The one thing I hate are these site seeing people that form groups with these ladies that shout into the mic. So annoying when I just want to have my free Sunday ;_; It’s also rude when a tourist takes pictures of me as if I was an attraction..