Pinsteps. Primate's Palace: A Historic Jewel of Bratislava
Places to visit in ברטיסלבה. Languages: en

The Primate's Palace (Slovak: Primaciálny palác; Hungarian: Prímási palota) is a neoclassical palace in Bratislava's Old Town, the capital of Slovakia. Built between 1778 and 1781 for Archbishop József Batthyány by architect Melchior Hefele, it is a significant historical landmark. The palace's Mirror Hall was the site of signing the fourth Peace of Pressburg in 1805, ending the Third Coalition War. Today, it serves as the residence of Bratislava's mayor.

The Mirror Hall witnessed a pivotal moment in European history with Johann I Joseph, Prince of Liechtenstein, Ignác Gyulai, and Charles Maurice de Talleyrand signing the treaty after the Battle of Austerlitz. This treaty led to the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire and the proclamation of Emperor Francis II as Francis I of Austria, commemorated by a Roman-style bust of the emperor near the hall.

The palace also hosted the first session of the Hungarian Diet in its university library. István Széchenyi, a notable Hungarian figure, donated his annual income to establish the Hungarian Academy of Sciences here. Ferdinand V of Hungary presented Hungary's first responsible government in the palace, including notable figures like Lajos Batthyány, Lajos Kossuth, and István Széchenyi.

In 1903, the city acquired the palace. During its renovation, six previously unknown tapestries were discovered depicting the tragic love story of Hero and Leander, woven in the 1630s at the Mortlake Tapestry Works near London.

Between the World Wars, the Mirror Hall hosted literary lectures and author evenings, attended by figures like Zsigmond Móricz and Thomas Mann. The scientist Paracelsus briefly lived here, and a memorial plaque commemorates his stay.

The Primate's Palace briefly served as the temporary residence of the President of Slovakia before the Grassalkovich Palace became the permanent presidential residence in 1996. The palace is a tourist attraction open to visitors, and its famed Mirror Hall hosts meetings of Bratislava's City Council.

Pictures uploaded by @Evgeny Praisman
List of routes including this place
Evgeny Praisman
Vienna to Budapest via Bratislava

The journey from Vienna to Budapest via Bratislava includes a stop in Bratislava for a city tour. Explore the rich history of Bratislava, visit the bustling city square, admire the grandeur of the palace, walk through the iconic St. Michael's Gate, and experience the elegance of the Opera House.

Discover routes near this place here!
Evgeny Praisman (author)
Здравствуйте! Меня зовут Женя, я путешественник и гид. Здесь я публикую свои путешествия и путеводители по городам и странам. Вы можете воспользоваться ими, как готовыми путеводителями, так и ресурсом для создания собственных маршрутов. Некоторые находятся в свободном доступе, некоторые открываются по промо коду. Чтобы получить промо код напишите мне сообщение на телефон +972 537907561 или на и я с радостью вам помогу! Иначе, зачем я всё это делаю?
Don't waste time for planning
Use detailed routes created by your friends and professionals.
Don't be afraid to get lost in new places!
This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience