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About Bratislava The pearl on the Danube is called our capital - Bratislava Its a beautiful city situated in the south-west part of Slovakia In the past it was an important junction of the main trades and nowadays its a gate to Slovakia from Austria and Hungary Bratislava is situated among the warmest places in Slovakia -in the Danube lowland It offers a lot of opportunities how to use your free time A lot of people eg goes to bath to Gold Sands or they spend much time at the banks of Ryes island that is situated quite close to the city and its the largest island inside the Middle Europe The history of the city is very rich and it dates back to the fifth century At that time arrived the first Slovanic tribes into this locality They formed their own principality which soon gave a race to the Great Moravian Empire in the 9th century In 1291 Bratislava become a free royal town Now its an administrative political and economical centre of the state Historical monuments and culture In the 13th century the town was an important border fortification of Duke Rastislav from which it was depended against the expansion of the East-Frank Empire The remains of fortification were destroyed at the time of building of the medieval castle The only thing that stayed as a memory of large walls around the town is Michaels gateIn spite of the fact that there were four gates in the medieval fortification It is named after the church and the suburb of St Michael to which the gate led Today there is held arms exhibition inside the Michaels tower and you can find there three architectural styles - gothic baroque and reneisance one The most typical symbol of the capital is Bratislavsk castle that towers 885 meters over the river Danube If you see driving around the castle
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