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In the Dome of St. Martin in Bratislava

Sculptural Group of St. Martin and the Beggar by G. R. Donner and Baptismal Font in the Dome of st. Martin in BratislavaGeorg Raphael Donner: The Sculptural Group of St. Martin in the Dome of St. Martin in Bratislava

Dome of St. Martin is one of the architectonic dominants of Bratislava and a treasury of old sacral art.

When in 1452 the cathedral was festively consecrated, there were placed in it various gothic altars, a baptismal font from the beginnings of the 15th century, senator benches, decorative chairs and stone epitaphs. Out of these objects there have only been preserved the baptismal font, the lattice of the pastoforium and the stone of Juraj Schonberg from the year 1470.

However the most admired artifact is much more younger - it is the sculptural group of St. Martin at the horse by baroque sculptor Georg Raphael Donner from 1734. The sculptural group was a part of the main altar originally.

Dome of St. Martin - A View of theShrine

Within the years 1865-1878, under the leadership of the architect Joseph Lippert, there were gradually, but radically removed nearly all baroque decorations. The main altar was disassembled in about the year 1863. The central sculptural group of Saint Martin was removed from the church and placed outdoors. It came back in 1912, but to another place in church.

New altar is a work of the Vienna sculptor J. Hutterer.

Dome of st. Martin - Neo-Gothic Pews in the Shrine

In addition to the altar he also made intimate sculptures of animals and grotesque placed on the neo-gothic benches of the shrine. Carpenter work were made by S. Fűrst.

Dome of st. Martin -  A View of the Epitaph of Mikulas Palffy (1601) and the Epitaph of Archbishop Peter Pazmany (1914)

There are two epitaphs in the shrine: the epitaph of Mikulas Palffy (1601) and the epitaph of archbishop Peter Pazmanyi (1914).

Chapel of Saint John Brother of Charity - Dome of St. Martin in BratislavaCandlestick in the Chapel of Saint John Brother of Charity - Dome of St. Martin in Bratislava

The Chapel of St. John Brother of Charity is located left of the shrine. It was built in the years 1729-1732. G. R. Donner decorated its interior with statues.

Georg Raphael Donner: Imrich Esterhazy in the Chapel of St. John Brother of Charity - Dome of St. Martin

The chamber baroque piece of architecture also served as a burying chapel of its donator, a Hungarian religious top representative, archbishop Imrich Esterhazy. Donner placed his statue in lateral niche. The kneeling statue of the humble archbishop is depicted in a rich apparel with a wide lace bordering. The unified interior of the chapel is completed by candelabra and a wall painting.

Relief with Passion Motive  by G. R. Donner in the Chapel of Saint John Brother of Charity - Dome of St. Martin in BratislavaRelief with Passion Motive by G. R. Donner - Dome of st. Martin in Bratislava

There are metallic reliefs with passion motive in the Chapel of St. John Brother of Charity.

Dome of St. Martin in Bratislava

Opening hours for visitors:

April-October
Mo-Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed between 11.30 a.m. -1.p.m.)
Sunday 1.30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Colorful Window-Pane in the Dome of st. Martin

November-March
Mo-Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed between 11.30 a.m. -1.p.m.)
Sunday Sunday 1.30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Entry: 50,-SK/1,65 EUR

November 14, 2010   
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