Bratislava has a long and famous history dating back 2000 years. Despite of this Bratislava is one of the youngest capitals in Europe.Between years 623 – 658 a political formation known as Samo’s Empire was created. In 7th – 8th centuries the area of Bratislava became center of Avars – Slavic Empire, an important trace in the history of Slovakia. Famous history of Slavic tribes started in 9th century, when the Greater Moravian Empire was established. At that time the surroundings of today Bratislava Castle became military, administrative and religious centre.First written reference to the Devin Castle dates back to 864. Devin is described as strong border fortress of the Greater Moravian Empire.First written reference to Bratislava (as Brezalauspurc) is found in Salzburg Annals. Reference dates back to 907 AD in connection with the fight between Bavarians and Hungarian Suites.
In 10th – 11th centuries AD Bratislava Castle was an important border fortress of Hungary and the seat of canonry and district administration. Bratislava principality was ruled by Hungarian King Stephan I in 1000 – 1038 AD.
The eastern side of Bratislava Castle hill was settled in 12th century.
Roman church of St. Salvatore was moved from castle to the area of today St. Martin’s Dome.
Since 1291 Bratislava was granted several royal privileges by King Andrew II. to confirm Bratislava’s position among Free Royal Cities which helped an extensive development of trade and crafts. In this period viticulture, international trade and various crafts flourished in Bratislava. But only in 1430 was the city granted minting privilege by King Sigismund of Luxembourg. Heraldic deed was also granted to Bratislava by Sigismund in 1436.
All privileges to the city were confirmed in 1464 by Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus by Golden Bull. King Matthias Corvinus established also the first University in today’s Slovakia – Academia Istropolitana. It was in 1465.
In 1526 in a Battle at Mohac King Louis II perished and Ferdinand of Habsburg was elected new king at a session in the Franciscan Church in Bratislava.
In 1536 Bratislava became capital of Hungarian Empire, seat of the synod and central administration. The most important is the fact that Bratislava became the same year Coronation town of Hungarian Kings and seat of the Archbishop (in 1543). Within years 1563 – 1830, during three Centuries, 11 kings and 8 royal spouses were coronated in St. Martins Dome.
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gabrielpat (7163) 2006-07-01 15:43
nice shot george,
splendid colours and composition.GOOD DOF too.regards.
gsimon (387) 2006-07-01 15:55
I like the colors very much and excellent compostion
What is the significance of this place
pasternak (15177) 2006-07-01 17:41
Even after a first glance on the thumbnail, before reading the name, I understood it was yours, George. I think you've already developed quite a style: tight compositions with a lot of coloured, mostly Eastern European buildings. I like this shot in particular, because of your POV and multilayered composition. Good to have a church in BG as a highlight. There's a lot of this grey roof though, but the red things save it;)
Good shot, but I'd appreciate a note...
Andrzej_HHH (2480) 2006-07-01 18:05
Interesting point of view, superb frame, very good technical quality of this picture, I can even see the TV tower in the background. Fantastic urban shot - bravo!! Andrzej
leo61 (0) 2006-07-02 5:30
Excellent POV and nice view above the roofs.Nice colors and many nice details.
Gustaw (21670) 2006-07-02 10:30
Hallo dear friend!
Today in Poland is very warm. On your photo is snown? Photo have very good qualitty.
padeg (423) 2006-07-02 11:14
The composition is certainly what makes that picture so attractive I think. The colors and depth of field make the rest. Really great !
Angshu (54709) 2006-07-03 5:32
I love this George...your POV is excellent. the red roofs are amazing & wonderful contrasts with the yellow facades of the buildings. Excellent tight cropping & I like the small details like the cobbled street & the snow on parts of the roofs
s_a_s_h_a (607) 2006-07-04 11:42
It's a interesting POV to Bratislava, nice colors.
agbonavita (0) 2006-07-04 12:37
owooo, great curves! I like the POV and this is so colorfull!
sabyasachi1212 (19771) 2006-07-06 13:00
Like your earlier pictures from Riga, this one though from Bratislava amazes me with its colours of the city skyline. This is something very new to many of us from the Asian continent. Looks amazing in this warm colour tones.
With Greetings from India
oochappan (22043) 2006-07-06 13:53
the colors are really amazing and apaeling of these roofs, an excellent angle to see down the street and the sticking out church to the misty background.
An outstanding shot.
pablominto (53744) 2006-08-12 2:25
Interesting point of view, and I feel you shoot the location from an interesting angle here!
I like the clever framing, the architecture is nicely captured with great colours and fine details...
Seems like you use existing lighting well on a dull day!
lechmt (792) 2006-08-12 9:27
Another great shot of Bratislava old town.. I really like the color of the roofs in gives back the feeling you get looking down to the old city.. Regards.. and words of appreciation for the detailed note..
trips (1598) 2006-11-03 15:44
I love this picture. I was last week in Bratislava and took one like this one.
very good note.
paura (47166) 2006-11-20 14:04
Excellent POV from this amazing place. Bratislava is really a source of nice ancient architecture.
danos (83051) 2007-02-11 13:25
interesting the view of the roofs and the road.Great point of view with splendid colours and composition.The architecture is nicely captured with sharpness and fine details.The sky in the background is a little ovrexposured.Well done.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-02-09 13:55
The picture you uploaded this morning vanished with all the critiques. This gave me an opportunity to go to your beautiful gallery and look at the old images. The colors, sharpness and architecture are superb. I like the way you have shown the cobble stone path curving to the right giving a nice depth.