Slavín Memorial Monument

Bratislava, Slovakia

Slavín is a memorial monument and military cemetery in Bratislava. It is the burial ground of 6,845 Soviet Army soldiers who fell during World War II while liberating the city in April 1945 from the occupying German Wehrmacht units and the remaining Slovak troops who supported the clero-fascist Tiso government. It is situated on a hill amidst a rich villa quarter of the capital and embassy residences close to the centre of Bratislava.

It was constructed between 1957 and 1960 on the site of a field cemetery, and opened on April 3, 1960 on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the city's liberation. The monument was constructed similar in kind to the Palace of Culture and Science in Stalinist architectural style. In 1961 it was declared a National Cultural Monument. Its designer was Ján Svetlík. On top of the 39.1 metre high pylon stands an 11 metre high sculpture of a soldier by A. Trizuljak. The bronze caisson door of the memorial auditorium is decorated with reliefs by R. Pribiš.

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Founded: 1957-1960
Category: Statues in Slovakia

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Dim Dia (11 months ago)
Approaching the monument, I was struck by its commanding presence atop the hill, overlooking the city. The serene and solemn atmosphere added to the reverence of the site. The perfectly manicured lawns and meticulously maintained surroundings contributed to the sense of dignity and respect.
Vasilis Karakostas (2 years ago)
Beautiful memorial for World War II soldiers. Views over the city is amazing, especially during the night, there two entrances one way through the stairs in the front and one from the left side where you can also park the car. The entrance is free. There is a way to access the top of the monument but is not always accessable.
Abigail Adamek (2 years ago)
Would definitely recommend adding this to your Bratislava list. It’s about a 5 minute drive or 30 minute walk from the castle. Was not too busy or crowded. Open park area to walk through to get to the statue. Then there is a nice elevated view of the city.
A J (2 years ago)
A war memorial that should be visited both for its historical values and for its views of the city and the castle. You can take a bus to Pod Stanicou and then climb quite a few stairs and you will be greeted by the monument and the incredible views. From the monument you can have a nice, pleasant walk through a very unique neighborhood towards the castle.
&Tilly [andtillycom] (2 years ago)
One of the most grandiose monuments right in Bratislava. Makes for a beautiful day trip with your girlfriend or boyfriend (loads of students there), but also a fun place for the kids to explore.
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