Bratislava - coronation town

Bratislava - coronation town

When walking in the city, probably you will notice little golden crowns in pavement. They identify the route that was passed by coronation procession. You may also walk the way walked on by kings. The route starts at the Gothic St. Martin Dome witnessing coronations of 11 Hungarian kings and 8 royal spouses in the course of 3 centuries. When walking inside the church, you will find an incomplete list of crowned sovereigns on the wall of the presbyter. Charm of ancient past will be recalled to you by one of the oldest small lane of the city Kapitulska street, from where you can also see remarkable tower of the Church of the order of St. Claire. Along the streets Prepostska, Venturska and Sedlarska, you will get as far as to the Hlavne namestie (Main square), which used to be and still has been thick of things in the city. In the past, markets were taking place in it, ordinances of the town were announced from the tower of the Old town hall, but there were also executed capital punishments here. Major representatives of the town greeted the king in front of the Old town hall, who was then going on across the Franciscan square (Frantiskanske namestie) to the Franciscan church, where he dubbed knights of Golden spur. In addition to the little crowns in the Franciscan square, you will also find in pavement small works of arts that are results of the project Pavement as a symbol of crossroads. Through the Biela ulica (White street), where you can find a rare Renaissance wall painting on the facade of the house U cierneho havrana (At black raven), depicting St. Christopher, St. Florian and diggers in vineyards, you will get to Mlichalska street. The Michaels gate has been at its end since the 14th century, which had been integral part of city walls. It is the only preserved medieval gate whose tower is 51 metres high and a copper statue of St. Michael was placed on its tip upon its baroque reconstruction. Under the gate, you will find the so-called zero kilometre, where distances of Bratislava from other towns are identified. Next to the gate, there is the narrowest house of the city with its width of only 1.6 m. King used to ride horseback this way beyond the gates of the town, that is why you cannot find little crowns in the pavement in front of the Michaels gate any more.

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