St. Martin's Cathedral

Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava's three-nave Gothic cathedral is built on the site of a previous, Romanesque church, from 1221. After 1291, when Bratislava was given the privileges of a town, the church was rebuilt to become part of the city walls (its tower served as a defensive bastion). The present church was consecrated in 1452. The interior of the church is large – 69.37 metres long, 22.85 metres wide and 16.02 metres high – and features a grand internal divided portal with a preserved tympanum and a relief of the Holy Trinity. It has four chapels: the canons’ chapel, the Gothic chapel of Sophia of Bavaria (widow of the Czech King Wenceslas IV), the chapel of St Anne and the baroque chapel of St John the Merciful. The portal of the southern antechamber represents the oldest example of Renaissance architecture in Slovakia.

Between 1563 and 1830 St Martin's served as the coronation church for Hungarian kings and their consorts, marked to this day by a 300-kg gilded replica of the Hungarian royal crown perched on the top of the cathedral's 85-metre-tall neo-Gothic tower. At the beginning of September each year the pomp and circumstance of the coronation returns to Bratislava in a faithful reconstruction of the ceremony.

The first monumental work of central-European sculpture made from lead can be found inside the cathedral. It was created by Georg Raphael Donner for the main altar of St Martin's in 1734. The group is now in the side nave of the church as a free statue on a pedestal. It depicts St Martin sitting on a horse rampant, bending to a beggar and cutting his overcoat to share it with the poor man.



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Founded: 1452
Category: Religious sites in Slovakia


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Harry Qian (4 months ago)
A beautiful and historical church in Bratislava. It is a landmark building in the city when you come to this place. The building is blend in with the surrounding environment and most of visitors come to worship church.
Dimitar Giyrov (4 months ago)
St. Martin's Cathedral is a beautiful and historic church located in the heart of Bratislava, Slovakia. The cathedral is considered one of the most significant landmarks in the city, and it has played an important role in the history of Slovakia. The cathedral's architecture is a beautiful blend of Gothic and Baroque styles, with the exterior being primarily Gothic and the interior featuring stunning Baroque decorations. The exterior of the cathedral is characterized by its high spire, which stands at over 85 meters tall and can be seen from all over the city.
Adriana Y (5 months ago)
What a sight! It was my second time in Bratislava and I finally got to explore it better. Beautiful 13 century gothic architecture.
Yihang Zuo (6 months ago)
I love Bratislava old town. St. Martin’s Cathedral is really grand. When I saw it on the platform of the castle, I was absolutely impressed by it.
Radmila Lemajić Kišgeci (14 months ago)
Amazing church in center of Bratislava. Visit doesn't allowed during misa. It is amazing place. Recommend to visit.
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