Hviezdoslavovo námestie

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Hviezdoslavovo námestie

Hviezdoslavovo námestie ( Eng. Hviezdoslav Square ) is one of the most famous and largest squares in the Slovak capital, Bratislava . Colloquially it is also simply called the promenade .

The promenade-like square is named after the Slovak poet Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav and is located in the southern old town between the New Bridge and the old building of the Slovak National Theater . Nearby is the Johann Pálffy Palace . Other important buildings are the classical-looking Hotel Carlton on the south side of the square and the embassies of the USA and Germany.

In the center of the square there is a statue of Hviezdoslav. There are also other bronze statues on the square, including those of Hans Christian Andersen .

Other places of the same name also exist in Námestovo and Nové Zámky .


The square was laid out as a promenade in 1784 after the old city walls had been torn down and the moats had been filled in. Before 1840 and 1861–1899 it was called Promenadeplatz, 1840–1852 Theaterplatz, 1852–1861 Radetzkyplatz , then officially Sétatér ( Promenadeplatz in Hungarian) until 1899 and then Kossuthplatz (Lajos-Kossuth-Platz / Kossuth Lajos-tér) until 1920 . In the years 1921–1930 the place was called Palackého sady (in German about Palacký Park ), after which it was given its current name. At the end of the 20th century, the square was completely renovated and, after slowly resembling a park, got back its promenade-like appearance from the 19th century.

In 1988 the anti-communist candle demonstration took place on the square .

Individual evidence

  1. Erzsébet Varga, “Pozsony”, p. 74 (Hungarian)

Web links

Commons : Hviezdoslavovo námestie, Bratislava  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 48 ° 8 ′ 30.4 "  N , 17 ° 6 ′ 29.8"  E