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Slavín Monument - A view from our expert author
This is a quiet reverential spot, with Soviet architectural features and a good place to get an idea of the cityscape.
Situated in a well-to-do residential part of town to the northwest, Slavín Hill is crowned with a monumental Soviet war memorial (chief architect Ján Svetlík, 1960) to the 6,845 Red Army soldiers who lost their lives in the battle for Bratislava (spring 1945) and are buried here in six mass graves. A 37m-tall column by Tibor Bártfay (creator of the Peace/World globe statue in front of Grassalkovich Palace) has a 7m soldier raising a flag and a gold star on the top created by Alexander Trizuljak. Around the base of the monument are the names of Slovak towns and the dates they were ‘liberated’ by the Red Army. At one side there is a peace garden instigated by Alexander Dubček.
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From here, there is a great view of the city and it seems huge with many more skyscrapers and tower blocks than other ‘Eastern’ cities in the region. It’s easy to fi nd the monument as Slavín is visible from all parts of town – just head off uphill through a district populated with embassies and villas with interesting architectural styles.