In Bratislava, Slovakia, Michael's Gate is the only gate that has been preserved of the medieval fortifications and ranks among the oldest town buildings. Built about the year 1300, its present shape is the result of baroque reconstructions in 1758, when the statue of St. Michael and the Dragon was placed on its top. The tower houses the Exhibition of Weapons of Bratislava's City Museum.
In the medieval times the town was behind fortified walls that surrounded it and the entry and exit was only possible through one of the four heavily fortified gates. On the east side of the town, it was the Laurinc Gate, named after St. Laurinc, in the south it was the Fish(ermen's) Gate (Rybná brána). This was the smallest gate of the four, used mainly by the fishermen entering the city with fish caught in the river Danube. On the west side it was the Vydrica Gate (Vydrická brána), also called the Dark Gate or Black Gate, since it was like a tunnel — dark and long. In the north, there was St. Michael's Gate named after St. Michael and the St. Michael church that stood in front of it (outside the town wall). Later on it was put down and materials gained from it were used in the building of additional town walls.
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teutza (10590) 2006-07-02 12:41
this it is a vrey intersting piece of arhitecture!that yellow is amasing!:)
alana (2625) 2006-07-02 17:52
Great architecture details, deep color contrast, great sharpness and very interesting point of view. Very well composed and seen indeed.
MIG13 (0) 2006-07-03 23:12
Hi, George! This is a surprising view! I had no idea about how Bratislava looks like! A great persepective and a very nice tower! Thanks for sharing another nice pic! Greetings from Rio! Miguel.
Angshu (55892) 2006-07-04 3:35
Good view George showing the green steeple from between the two walls...I like the lamp here. The architecture is wonderful!
oochappan (16981) 2006-07-04 20:34
Excellent POV George in this small street, I like the contasting yellow color to the green tower.
yannick_lamour (183) 2006-07-07 8:55
Your photo tranmits quite weel the atmosphere in Bratislava/Pozsony streets. Narrow streets, bright-coloured buildings and above all, a lot of surprises as soon as one looks around.
I like very much your choice of the composition which emphasizes the beautiful Michael's Gate. The street lamp is the foreground is also a very good idea.
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lechmt (792) 2006-08-12 9:25
Bratislava is a marvellous city.. and I can feel the atmosphere of the streets in yuor picture.. the same I felt a few days ago when I was there during my summer holidays.. Very interesting composition as well and the capture of the details.. best regards from Warsaw..
By the way I have visited Budapest too.. wonderful city..
TheMystic (912) 2006-10-03 2:37
Catching up to some of your other work. You have a great sense of perspective in your narrow street shots. Feels cozy...
paura (47166) 2006-11-06 19:39
Excellent compo here! Very nice architecture details. The tower is very beautiful.
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