Statues – the amusing, creepy or just plain weird

15/03/2016 13:30

Written by Lucy Mallows

Bratislava is filled with interesting and imaginative statues, which present great photo opportunities and an insight into the Slovak sense of humour.

Napoleonic army soldier

Napoleon soldier Hlavne namestie Bratislava Slovakia by dimbar76, Shutterstock© dimbar76, Shutterstock

Leaning on a bench on Hlavné námestie, posing for photos behind those who sit down for a rest; watch out for photobombing!


Cumil Bratislava Slovakia by (Richard Semik), Shutter© (Richard Semik), Shutterstock

On the corner of Panská and Rybárska brána is a man peering out of a manhole cover ‘looking up skirts’, created by Viktor Hulík. It’s been here since 1997 and is the favourite photo op in town.

Schöne Náci

Schone Naci Bratislava Slovakia by © DUOMEDIA© DUOMEDIA

On the corner of Hlavné námestie, by Kaffee Mayer. A real dandy, Ignác Lamár was nicknamed Schöne Náci, meaning ‘Handsome Ignatius’. The statue (by Juraj Meliš) depicts a real person who was locally famous for strolling the Korzo. He appears quite friendly and jolly, but his fiancée was deported to a Nazi concentration camp in World War II and died; he never recovered psychologically from the trauma and spent his days wandering along the Korzo in a top hat and tails, smiling at everyone.

Friendship Flower

Friendship Flower Namestie Slobody Bratislava Slovakia by Pavlovsky Dreamstime© Pavlovsky, Dreamstime

A linden flower (lipovy kvet) on Námestie Slobody represents the friendship with the communist, created into a metallic sculpture entitled ’Fountain of Union’.

The Mocker

The Mocker stature Bratislava Slovakia by Palickap Wikimedia Commons© Palickap, Wikimedia Commons

A grotesque gargoyle from a late Gothic façade. Horrible dwarf squatting and flashing at passers-by on Panská. Various theories about his significance – some say he is looking towards Vydrica, the former red-light district and that’s why he is aroused; others insist he represents a very nosy resident of the building who likes to spy on passers-by from a tiny bay window.

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