Bratislava Coronation Ceremony 2017
We shall commemorate the glourious past of Bratislava this year with a series of events, lasting from 10 to 17 June 2017. Together with Austria and Hungary, Bratislava will take part in celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Maria Theresa, one of the most famous people in the history, who was crowned in Bratislava in 1741.
Under the auspices of the Municipality of the Capital City of Bratislava, and in cooperation with municipal institutions Bratislava Culture and Information Center (BKIS), Bratislava Tourist Board, Bratislava City Gallery, Bratislava City Museum, The Bratislava City Library, Bratislava City Archive, the city of Bratislava prepares varied programme of different genres for diverse audiences with the coronation theme.
Residents and visitors to the city will be able to enjoy the coronation atmosphere through cultural events, theater performances, concerts of sacred music, worship, period music and games.
Those interested in finding out more about the history of the coronation will be able to receive regular guided tours in Slovak and English organized by the Bratislava Tourist Board’s Tourist Information Center. The route will tour the most important sites associated with the ceremony of coronation of Hungarian rulers and their wives. It will also be the opportunity to learn more about the places associated with the reign of Maria Theresa during which Bratislava went through an unprecedented economic and cultural boom. Furthermore, you will be able participate in an encryption game replicating the coronation route during which the participants move from task to task with the use of QR codes.
A new attraction for the tourists is the Coronation photo-video point, located in the Michael’s tower. In the period-furnished rooms, visitors will be able to take a picture or record a video with costumes and coronation insignia, thus becoming part of the historical scene.
The kids will be able to enjoy workshops, educational activities, try on the costumes and take part in interactive and entertaining programs.
Professional development of the coronation theme will be covered by international scientific conferences and expert discussions in the premises of Bratislava City Archives and The Bratislava City Library. Exhibition with the theme of the coronation will be available for the visitors in Bratislava City Museum and Bratislava City Gallery, which shall also issue thematic publications and prestigious album of prints reproductions of lithographs of Maria Theresa. Bratislava Tourist Board is preparing a leaflet about the coronation for the public.
The full timetable of the Coronation Week events will be provided soon and updated on a continuous basis.
- great food on the Main square (Hlavné námestie)
- Blaufränkisch Festival on the Primate’s Square (Primaciálne námestie)
- during the whole week there will be tours (in English and German) presenting Bratislava as a coronation city
- St. Martin’s Cathedral will host the requiem for Maria Theresa
- unique photo-video point in the Michael’s Tower where you will have the chance to take a photo as a king or a queen
- lots of fun during the big coronation parade full of kings, queens and a knight tournament on Saturday, June 17
- and many more events during the week, such as workshop for kids, fencing performances and baroque dance performances