Even since I was a kid from the Old Town, there were not enough spaces with at least some greenery to wonder around, but I was lucky enough that I used to live very close to Slavín.
It wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned about the history of this outstanding place. I call it outstanding also because this hill was considered the tallest hill around for a long time. Maybe because of that it was originally called Celestial Shield. The current name Slavín is a variation on the word celebration and it relates to the commemoration of the fallen.
It was built originally as one of only two military cemeteries in Bratislava. Almost 7,000 soldiers who fell in western Slovakia during World War II found peace here. The second military cemetery is in Petržalka. In the 1960s, the tall monument in the middle of the cemetery was built. It comprises a huge marble ceremony room on the top of which is a tall obelisk ending with a huge seven-meter-tall statue of a fallen soldier holding a flag. Slavín is nowadays a national cultural monument and in the area you can find a well maintained green and marble cemetery, groups of young skaters or family during the Sunday walk.
I like to come here just to sit, think (or not think at all) and most of all look around. Slavín has one of the most impressive views over the city of Bratislava.