St. Martin’s Church
St. Martin’s in Bratislava is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese.
The church is the largest and finest, as well as one of the oldest churches in Bratislava, known especially for being the coronation church of the Kingdom of Hungary between 1563 and 1830.
The main north portal of the early 15th century neo-gothic entrance hall with the reveal.
The Neo-Gothic main altar is at the end of the presbytery.
Virgin Mary with the crucified Christ, saints’ statues on the sides, detail from the Altar of Our Lady of Sorrows and Altar Cross (Calvary) in the north aisle of the cathedral.
St. Martin was baptized as an adult and became a monl. It is understood that he was a kind man who led a quiet and simple life. The most famous legend of his life is that he once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the beggar from dying from the cold. That night he dreamed that Jesus was wearing the half-cloak Martin had given away. Martin heard Jesus say to the angels: “Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised; he has clothed me.”
Left the St. Martin’s Cathedral, I headed for Michael’s Gate.
World-renowned composer (1811-1896), Franz Liszt held his concerts several times in Pressburg (means Bratislava in German) . First as a 9-year-old (1820), he was with great success by beginning with his entire career. After the event he was in Bratislava and gave concerts many times. He had many friends here. He died in 1886 and was buried in Bayreuth, Germany.
Michael’s Gate is the only city gate that has been preserved of the medieval fortifications and ranks among the oldest town buildings.
Built about the year 1300, its present shape is the result of baroque reconstructions in 1758, when the statue of St. Michael and the Dragon was placed on its top.
The tower houses is the Exhibition of Weapons of Bratislava City Museum.