Pick Of The Week: St. Nicholas’ Cemetery in Bratislava, Slovakia

Mikulášsky cintorín (St. Nicholas’ Cementery)

This cemetery has the most unique character of all cemeteries I have visited in Bratislava. It reminds me of the story The Secret Garden where the girl finds a key to the forgotten garden. You don´t need a key to enter the cemetery, but the truth is that this place has a magical atmosphere and it breaths with history of old Pressburg. Not many people know about St. Nicholas’ Cemetery even though it is located in a prominent part of Bratislava. Twisted trees overgrown with ivy, old graves, bell tower with the adjacent buildings that are in decay… It is all part of the its magic.

The inscriptions on the tombstones indicate that it originated around the 19th century, maybe even a bit later. However, there are some speculations that people had been buried in and around this place since the 13th century. The decade of the 50’s of the 20th century (probably the year of 1957) is when the dating story of St. Nicholas Cemetery more less ends. Society for Military Sacred places says on its website that there are buried at least three soldiers and it is also the final resting place of Ferdinand Kittler (1839-1906), an  important Pressburg architect and a co-creator of what Bratislava looks today.


Location: Žižkova 1885/34, 811 02 Bratislava
How to get there: Use trams 4, 10, 12, 17 and get off the stop Chatam Sofer. The cemetery is located opposite the Riverpark on the hill. From the stop walk up the hill to Žižkova street, turn left and follow the road until you reach the gate.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/PZY7ySjDoTP2

If you decide to visit St. Nicholas Cemetery, please behave in a respectful manner.Peace!

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