piatok, 28. februára 2014

štvrtok, 20. februára 2014

ANGLE OF REFLECTION




The Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, also known as the Blumental Church, is a Roman Catholic church located in the broader old town centre of Bratislava, on the corner of the Florian square and the Blumental Street. It was built in the years 1885 - 1888 in neo-Romanesque style





The furniture inside dates back to the 19th century, apart from the pews brought here from Saint Martin's Cathedral. Visitors should take a closer look at a copy of a painting brought into the city by a merchant in 1770 and a crucifix made by a local sculptor Fadrusz.





In front of the church, a sculpture of Saint Florian is situated overlooking the square.


(Now under reconstruction)









piatok, 14. februára 2014

Angle of reflection



Another small lake in my area, 

another sunny day,

I could smell a springtime here...





Strkovec is an artificial lake 

in the Ružinov district of Bratislava... 

The lake is named after 

the Slovak word for "gravel" which was 

mined from this space before 

is filled with water and became a lake.

The lake is between 2,5 - 8 meters deep





Today the lake and surrounding serve 

as a leisure space and sports

facility for the neighborhood






HAPPY  VALENTINE'S  DAY

♥♥♥

streda, 12. februára 2014

Today I visited a Manour-house



The Art - Hotel Kastiel in Tomašov 
some 250 years ago 
was a country aristocratic seat 
which Baron Ján Jesenák had built 
in the years 1766-1769 
in the style of Classicized Austrian baroque.




 Hotel is located very close to Bratislava 


and has beautiful and very well maintained

garden. 






Perfect location for a wedding

with many different rooms / salons as well as 


"chapel" for the wedding ceremony.








or another events...




(Photos from Internet)


Taken by Mobil phone









In its time it was one of the first, if not the first,

English nature-landscape parks on the territory 

of the Hungarian kingdom. 


Its shape is still visible today in the

 remnants of alleys

 and snaking paths leading to 

green nooks and crannies.


In the 18th century it was supplemented with 

stone sculptures, garden pavilions, 

a greenhouse and different other attractions.


It’s not unusual to run across in the park free-

ranging pheasants and rabbits, 

and sometimes even foxes roam through here. 

štvrtok, 6. februára 2014

THIS EVENING



The castle, on a hill 

above the old town, 

dominates  our city.

The castle hill was populated as early as the late Stone Age; its first known inhabitants were the Celts, who founded a fortified settlement here called ‘Oppidum’.
For four centuries, the border of the Roman Empire, the ‘Limes Romanus’, ran through the area. During the Great Moravian Empire, Slavs built a fortress that became a significant centre for the time. In the 10th century, Bratislava became an integral part of the growing Hungarian state; a stone palace and the church of St Saviour and its chapter were built on the castle hill in the 11th century. In the 15th century, in the reign of Sigismund of Luxembourg, a castle was built in Gothic style as an anti-Hussite fortress. During this period, a new entrance to the castle was built on the eastern side – Sigismund's Gate – while 7-metre-thick fortifications were constructed on the western side, and a castle well dug in 1437.

In the 16th century, King Ferdinand ordered the rebuilding of the castle in the Renaissance style, while in the 17th century, when the castle became the seat of hereditary provincial chief, Pálffy, it was rebuilt in the baroque style. 

In the reign of Maria Theresa, the castle was arranged according to the needs of her son-in-law Albert, governor of Saxony and Tessen, who was a fervent art collector and who installed his works in the castle. This collection was later moved to Vienna to become the present-day Albertina Gallery. 

Since independence, the castle has served as a representative venue for the Slovak Parliament and houses collections of the Slovak National Museum. In 2008, a comprehensive restoration project was launched which is expected to take five years. As a result, the interior is currently closed to visitors, but the exterior fortifications and their views over the Danube can still be accessed.


Taken this evening...

nedeľa, 2. februára 2014

SUNDAY BRIDGES










As I wrote yesterday, Stockholm,

 one of the most beautiful capitals 

in the world, is built

on 14 islands connected 

by 57 bridges.