In spite of its location in the absolute centre of Bratislava, St. Nicolaus Church is overshadowed by more dominant sights, like St. Martin’s Cathedral or Bratislava Castle. Thus almost completely left out by most of the tourists, St. Nicolaus Chuch offers the very special experience of having a whole historical sight in the city centre for yourself, no matter if you are a tourist or local.
Bulit back in 1661, this Orthodox church stands right under the castle on the hill, so there is a perfect view of the city from that point – mainly historical old town and Danube river, but not only. However, this place emanates something special, I can’t precisely put my finger on. Is it history itself? Well, the fact is, that St. Nicolaus Church is not perfectly restored yet, but I find its early baroque architecture appealing as it is. Unlike surrounding sights which are totally restored, some of them beyond the point of sterile purity, in this church the spirit of ancient ages is still present within its walls. As stated, this place simply breathes history.
But not only the touch of ever-present history makes this place special: right behind the church, on the corner, there’s a nice place to have a coffee called Café Hexe with a perfect view of St. Nicolaus Church’s ancient walls. Linger no longer and give it a try.