Slavín is the name of a war memorial and cemetery in Bratislava in honor of the Soviet soldiers who lost their lives during the conquest of Bratislava in April 1945 during World War II . It is located on a mountain in the western part of the old town of Bratislava .
The memorial designed by Ján Svetlík was built between 1957 and 1960 on the site of a Soviet honorary cemetery and opened to the public on April 3, 1960, on the 15th anniversary of the city's liberation. In 1961 it was declared a national cultural monument.
The area consists of:
- a staircase of honor
- a cemetery with graves (6 mass graves, 278 individual graves) of 6,845 Soviet soldiers
- a central hall of honor with various statues, inscriptions and a symbolic sarcophagus made of white marble. There is also a 39.5 meter high pillar with a statue of a victorious Soviet soldier on its end and the inscriptions on the outer walls with dates of the liberation of various places in Slovakia in the years 1944–1945.