St Martin's Cathedral and Bratislava


Fort Worth, United States

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Having only a few short hours in Bratislava (the capital of Slovakia) we did little more than walk around and see the sights. Walking up to the castle you see the 85 m (279 ft) spire of St Martin’s Cathedral dominating Old Town’s skyline. St. Martin’s Cathedral is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bratislava. It is the largest and one of the oldest churches in Bratislava, known especially for being the coronation church of the Kingdom of Hungary between 1563 and 1830. During much of that time, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, a part of the larger Habsburg Monarchy territories. In total, the coronations of 11 kings and queens plus 8 of their consorts occurred here between 1563 and 1830, including that of Maria Theresa of Austria. The tower is topped by a gold-plated replica of the Crown of St. Stephen. It was placed in 1847 following restoration of the damaged tower, to commemorate the cathedral’s importance as a coronation church. Small as it looks from afar, it weighs 150 kg (330 lb), measures over 1 m (3.3 ft) in diameter, and rests on a 1.2 m x 1.2 m (3.9 ft x 3.9 ft) gold-plated pillow and stands 1.64 m (5.4 ft) high. The pillow and crown contain a total of 8 kg (18 lb) of gold and were restored in August 2010.

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