St. Martin's Concathedral Bratislava
Address: Rudnayovo namestie, Bratislava
Opening hours: June-October : Mo-Fri 9.00 - 11.45, Sa 9.00 - 17.00, Su 13.00 - 16.45 November-May : Mo-Sa 10.00 - 16.00, Su 8.00 - 18.00
Description: The St. Martin's Concathedral in Bratislava, formerly St. Martin's Cathedral (Konkatedrala sv. Martina formerly Dom sv. Martina or Katedrala sv. Martina), is a concathedral of Slovakia.
St. Martin's Concathedral is the biggest and one of the oldest churches of Bratislava.
St. Martin's Cathedral is situated at western border of the historical city center below Bratislava Castle.
Building started at the late 13th century. The finished church was consecrated in 1452, the construction works continued throughout 15th and 16th century. The Gothic Chapel of Czech queen Sofia and the Gothic Chapel of St. Anna were added in the 15th century. The Baroque Chapel of St. John the Merciful was finished in the 18th century. The famous Baroque equestrian sculpture of St. Martin by Donner was added in 1734. The church during the period 1869-1877 was re-Gothizised after suffering damage by fire, war, earthquake and other disasters. Since St. Martin's Cathedral was built over an old cemetery, there are large catacombs up to 6 m below containing the sepulchers of many significant figures. The last burial took place in 1895.
The St. Martin's Concathedral was the coronation-church of the Kingdom of Hungary (the coronations of 11 kings and queens plus 9 of their consorts took place here between 1563 and 1830 including that of Maria Theresa of Austria).