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Bratislava (, Preßburg or Pressburg, Pozsony) is the capital of Slovakia.
The capital and largest city is Bratislava, and the second largest city is Košice.

Economy of Slovakia

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Bratislava is the political, cultural and economic centre of Slovakia.
Its capital, Bratislava, is the largest financial centre in Slovakia.


In the 9th century, the castles at Bratislava (Brezalauspurc) and Devín (Dowina) were important centres of the Slavic states: the Principality of Nitra and Great Moravia.
Devín (Dévény, Theben) is a borough of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, located in the Bratislava IV district.

St Martin's Cathedral, Bratislava

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Between 1536 and 1830, eleven Hungarian kings and queens were crowned at St. Martin's Cathedral.
The St Martin's Cathedral (Katedrála svätého Martina, Szent Márton-dóm or Koronázó templom, Kathedrale des Heiligen Martin) is a church in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bratislava.

Kingdom of Hungary

It was the coronation site and legislative center of the Kingdom of Hungary from 1536 to 1783, and has been home to many Slovak, Hungarian and German historical figures. In the 10th century, the territory of Pressburg (what would later become Pozsony county) became part of Hungary (called the "Kingdom of Hungary" from 1000).
The armies of the Holy Roman Empire continued to suffer defeats; the second greatest battle was at the town now called Bratislava, in 1052.

Pozsony County

In the 10th century, the territory of Pressburg (what would later become Pozsony county) became part of Hungary (called the "Kingdom of Hungary" from 1000).
Its name changed along with that of the city of Pressburg (Pozsony, today's Bratislava).

Grassalkovich Palace

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Joseph Haydn performed in 1784 in the Grassalkovich Palace.
The Grassalkovich Palace (Grasalkovičov palác) is a palace in Bratislava and the residence of the president of Slovakia.


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The city started to lose its importance under the reign of Maria Theresa's son Joseph II, especially after the crown jewels were taken to Vienna in 1783 in an attempt to strengthen the relations between Austria and Hungary.
Along with nearby Bratislava, Vienna forms a metropolitan region with 3 million inhabitants.

Devín Castle

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Theben Castle was ruined by Napoleon's French troops during an invasion of 1809.
Devín Castle (hrad Devín or Devínsky hrad, Dévényi vár, Burg Theben) is a castle in Devín, which is a borough of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.

Svätý Jur

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The first horse-drawn railway in the Kingdom of Hungary, from Pressburg to Szentgyörgy (Svätý Jur), was built in 1840.
Svätý Jur (Sankt Georgen, Szentgyörgy, formerly Jur pri Bratislave) is a small historical town northeast of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia located in the Bratislava Region.


In 1938, Nazi Germany annexed neighbouring Austria in the Anschluss; later that year it also annexed the still-separate from Bratislava Petržalka and Devín boroughs on ethnic grounds, as these had many ethnic Germans.
Petržalka (Engerau / Audorf; Pozsonyligetfalu) is the largest borough of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.

Demographics of Bratislava

By the 1930 Czechoslovakian census, the Hungarian population of Bratislava had decreased to 15.8% (see the Demographics of Bratislava article for more details).
This page gives an overview to the demographics of Bratislava.

Primate's Palace

As a reaction to the Revolutions of 1848, Ferdinand V signed the so-called April laws, which included the abolition of serfdom, at the Primate's Palace.
The Primate's Palace (Primaciálny palác; Prímási palota) is a neoclassical palace in the Old Town of Bratislava the capital of Slovakia.

Hungarian Revolution of 1848

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As a reaction to the Revolutions of 1848, Ferdinand V signed the so-called April laws, which included the abolition of serfdom, at the Primate's Palace.
The country was governed by the Council of Lieutenancy of Hungary (the Gubernium) - located in Pozsony and later in Pest - and by the Hungarian Royal Court Chancellery in Vienna.

German language

The origin of the name is unclear: it might come from the Czech Pos or the German Poscho, which are personal names.
Others, such as Pozsony (Pressburg, now Bratislava), were originally settled during the Habsburg period, and were primarily German at that time.

Coat of arms of Bratislava

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In 1436 he authorized the town to use its own coat of arms.
The coat of arms of Bratislava (German: Pressburg, Hungarian: Pozsony) has been used since 1436, when Sigismund of Luxembourg granted the town the right to use its own coat of arms.

Starý most (Bratislava)

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The city's first permanent bridge over the Danube, Starý most, was built in 1891.
Starý most (Old Bridge) is a bridge over the river Danube in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Peace of Pressburg (1805)

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The Peace of Pressburg between Austria and France was signed here in 1805.
The treaty was signed in Pressburg (Pozsony, today's Bratislava), Hungary, by Johann I Josef, Prince of Liechtenstein, and the Hungarian Count Ignác Gyulay for the Austrian Empire and Charles Maurice de Talleyrand for France.

Candle demonstration in Bratislava

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Bratislava's dissidents anticipated the fall of Communism with the Bratislava candle demonstration in 1988, and the city became one of the foremost centres of the anti-Communist Velvet Revolution in 1989.
The Candle demonstration (sviečková demonštrácia) on 25 March 1988 in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, was the first mass demonstration since 1969 against the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.

Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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In 1825 the Hungarian National Learned Society (the present Hungarian Academy of Sciences) was founded in Pressburg using a donation from István Széchenyi.
The history of the academy began in 1825 when Count István Széchenyi offered one year's income of his estate for the purposes of a Learned Society at a district session of the Diet in Pressburg (Pozsony, present Bratislava, seat of the Hungarian Parliament at the time), and his example was followed by other delegates.

National Council (Slovakia)

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It is the seat of the Slovak president, the parliament and the Slovak Executive.
meeting_place=Parliament Building, Bratislava

Karlova Ves

Other rivers are the Morava River, which forms the northwestern border of the city and enters the Danube at Devín, the Little Danube, and the Vydrica, which enters the Danube in the borough of Karlova Ves.
Karlova Ves is a borough in the city of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.

Royal free city

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It was granted its first known "town privileges" in 1291 by the Hungarian King Andrew III, and was declared a free royal town in 1405 by King Sigismund.

Bratislava Region

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Bratislava is situated in southwestern Slovakia, within the Bratislava Region.
Its capital is Bratislava.

Little Carpathians

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The Carpathian mountain range begins in city territory with the Little Carpathians (Malé Karpaty). The Záhorie and Danubian lowlands stretch into Bratislava.
The mountains are situated in Western Slovakia, covering the area from Bratislava to Nové Mesto nad Váhom, and northeastern Austria, where a very small part called Hundsheimer Berge (or Hainburger Berge) is located south of the Devín Gate.