Part of our visit to Bratislava included a climb up to the fortress overlooking the city, Bratislava Castle. As you can see from the pictures yesterday and today, the views from the castle are spectacular – down to the Danube River and out across the city. Given the strategic importance of this spot, it’s been used for thousands of years by Celts and Romans and then the Slavs and Hungarians. This defensive position withstood invasions from both the Mongols and the Ottoman Turks. Construction on the castle we see today was begun in the 10th century and continued through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Empress Maria Theresa in particular made improvements to the royal apartments in the 18th century – the white and gold sections of the palace were her contributions.
There were several exhibits inside the castle the day we were there – some related to the history of Bratislava and the castle itself, one on the early settlements of Great Moravia, ruins of former settlements underneath the existing castle, and my favorite: a textile exhibit. My mother is a gifted seamstress and craftswoman and always has something to hand on which she’s working. Several of these exhibits reminded me of her or of learning to sew with my Grandma or CC. The colors, textures and use of materials were refreshing and interesting, especially against the backdrop of the historic castle spaces.
Tomorrow’s post will include more pictures of Bratislava Old Town at night.