Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bratislava's Blue Church

All along my travels I've seen many attonishing places and buildings, some of them were unexpected and awesome. Bratislava's Blue Church was one of them.
When I was living in Brno, I went often to the Slovak capital city to get planes, but it's only last november, while I was on my way to a short trip to Brno that I took some time to discover more of Bratislava.

A friend living over there at that time advised me to go and see the blue church. He told me it looked like a big cake and it was quite something, worth seeing.
I had the good idea to follow his advice, got kinda lost on the way (I'm not very good at finding my way anyway), it's a bit out of the very center but very close.

And it was wonderful! If you're in Bratislava or around you should consider going there, it's one of a kind church. I was really amazed by both the outside and the inside. Here you can find some more pics.

Some facts found thanks to Wikipedia:

Its real name is Church of St. Elisabeth (Slovak: Kostol svätej Alžbety, Hungarian: Szent Erzsébet templom), it's a Hungarian Secessionist (Jugendstil) Catholic church located in the eastern part of the Old Town and is consecrated to Elisabeth of Hungary, daughter of Andrew II, who grew up in Bratislava's Castle (pozsonyi vár).

The one-nave church was built in 1907-1908, after the plans of Ödön Lechner. The so-called Hungarian secessionist style forms dominate in the church.
The ground floor of the church is oval. In the foreground there is a 36.8 metre high cylindrical church tower. At first, a cupola was planned, but was never constructed; instead, a barrel vault was built, topped by a hip roof. The roof is covered with glazed bricks with decoration, for the purpose of parting.
The main and side entrances are enclosed with Romanesque double-pillars, which have an Oriental feeling. Pillars are also located near the windows.
The façade was at first painted with light pastel colours. Later the church got its characteristic blue colour. A line of blue tiles and wave-strip encircles the church.

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