Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz - 2002

BRATISLAVA CASTLE

Just below the Castle is the Dom St. Martin (St. Martins Cathedral) where many Hapsburgs have been crowned. The Hapsburgs liked to be crowned in various parts of their realm in order to cement the loyalties of their far-flung citizenry. The Cathedral is Gothic in style and it still contains some beautiful stained glass windows, despite the depredations of war and pretty abject poverty for the country. We passed the memorial to the Soviet soldiers who “liberated” Slovakia, along with its then other half of the Czech Republic, the communications tower, the upside down pyramid of the communications bureau, some housing and newer neighborhoods. All is pretty drab and grim Soviet style concrete solutions to the housing problem after the war. Then we were dropped off the bus in Old Town for our walking tour through the

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