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[Photo Journal] Presidential Palace and Garden in Bratislava


Myra here.

We are excited to share photographs every Tuesday from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Presidential Palace and Garden in Bratislava

Over the past several weeks, I have been posting photographs from Berlin. Since I am staying in Europe this June until first week of August, I thought it would be good to revisit places in Europe that I have gone to over the years. It was in 2013 when I visited Slovakia with a good friend of mine and found it to be a fairy-tale-like place. The source of the information that you will see below has been taken from this weblink created by Jakub Zilincan – but all the photos were taken by me and my travel companion.


“Presidential palace, also known as a Grassalkovich palace, was built in 1760 as a summer residence of Count Anton Grassalkovič. Soon, the palace became the centre of a societal life and was visited by the Empress Maria Theresa.”


“After the reconstruction in 1996, the palace became the official residence of Slovak President. It is not open for the public, only during the special events.”


“In front of the building there is a fountain in a shape of the Earth as a symbol of freedom. Nowadays the palace is guarded by the Honor guard of president, similar to the well-known Queen’s Guard in London.”


I think I took this picture while walking around Oldtown Bratislava.


“An interesting point about this garden is, that many famous politicians planted trees here as a sign of friendship and cooperation with Slovakia.”


“The presidential palace and its garden are located near the city center, well accessible by walking.”


If I remember correctly, the garden is a short walking distance from our hotel at that time.


I like how relatively deserted this place is even on a Sunday. If you want peace and quiet, this is the place to go.


Lots of greens everywhere.


It has a pretty nice view.


I am especially taken by the statues and monuments around Bratislava.


Because I am a dryad at heart.


Palaces, gardens, parks. That is what I should look forward to in the coming months, clearly.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “[Photo Journal] Presidential Palace and Garden in Bratislava

  1. Wonderful photos, Myra! I look forward to seeing more. 🙂


  2. That looks like a beautiful place! 🙂


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