Bratislava Castle

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Bratislava Castle is the main castle of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The massive rectangular building with four corner towers stands on an isolated rocky hill of the Little Carpathians directly above the Danube river in the middle of Bratislava. Because of its size and location, it has been a dominant feature of the city for centuries.

Since 1968, the castle has been housing exhibitions of the Slovak National Museum and at the same time its rooms have been used by the National Council of the Slovak Republic for presentation purposes. In 1992, the castle housed a branch-office of the Czechoslovak president temporarily and later in the 1990s the Slovak president temporarily. It still houses the museum and the presentation rooms for the National Council of the Slovak Republic and for the president.

 

Wooden churches of Eastern Slovakia

V98983SR4EPYS4M7bab7CNYPI received this card as a surprise from Martina from Slovakia. And after I received it, I learned (the hard way) that the Slovak name of Slovakia is Slovenska, which is just so confusing! šŸ˜€

Anyway… The card pictures the wooden churches of Eastern Slovakia, 3 of which are on UNESCO’s Word Heritage list (inscribed under the name Carpathian Wooden Churches – a total ofĀ nine wooden religious buildings constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries in eight different locations in Slovakia).Ā On my card you could see the pictures of the churches inĀ HervartovĀ (the picture with the flag),Ā BodružalĀ (upper left corner) andĀ LadomirovĆ”Ā (the one below it). The church atĀ HervartovĀ is Roman Catholic, and the other two churches are Greek Catholic.