Monday, May 31, 2010

Day 6- Bratislava

We spent our first full day in Bratislava seeing some of the touring some of the very impressive structures here.

We left the hotel midmorning to tour the Slovak National Radio Building. The structure itself is in the shape of an inverted pyramid. There are eight iron beam components providing the primary support for the building. The outside of the structure is also completely encased in steel beams. It is quite an impressive building. The inside houses phenomenal facilities. The building is nine stories tall and houses some pretty impressive recording studios and a performance venue with one of the largest pipe organs in Europe. We were unable to see it due to a recording session, however.

Following lunch, we were allowed to use a classroom in the Bratislava Technical Institute's architecture department. Here, U of M students gave presentations for each other on Hungary, Slovakia, and some of their famous scientific contributors.

Our last activity of the day was to visit Castle Hill. This part of town is such named because it is situated on a hill and has a castle there. The above picture gives a shot of the castle itself. The views of the Danube, the bridge built by the Communists through the Jewish quarter of town, and the rest of the city itself are impressive. We were unable to see much of the castle, as it is being renovated. Still very beautiful, construction began on the castle sometime in the tenth century CE. So, it has been around for a few years. We tried to visit the cathedral, but visiting hours had ended by the time we arrived. Luckily, we have a couple more days!