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
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Leaning on a bench on Hlavné námestie, posing for photos behind those who sit down for a rest; watch out for photobombing!
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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.
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.
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A linden flower (lipovy kvet) on Námestie Slobody represents the friendship with the communist, created into a metallic sculpture entitled ’Fountain of Union’.
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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.