Residence of the President

Residence of the President

The palace was built as the summer residence of Count Anton Grasalkovic in the 1760s in an extensive garden in front of the city walls. It was probably designed by F. A. Hillebrand in close cooperation with the owner. The palace was enlarged in the 1770s and the originally separate chapel was incorporated within the palace, which gave the palace its current form. The palace became the centre of society life and was visited by the Empress Maria Theresa.
The impressive rococo and classical frescos in the Garden Hall and St. Barbora’s Chapel have been restored to their original beauty. Some of the original rich gilded stucco decoration can still be seen in the main hall and part of the original wooden panelling has been preserved in the former musical salon. The staircase with its unique sculpture decoration is one of the most beautiful in Bratislava.

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