Bratislava Under Rule of Queen Maria-Theresa
In the 18th century, Bratislava became not only the largest and the
most significant city in Slovakia but in the whole of Hungary. In this
century, many pretentious palaces for the Hungarian aristocracy were
built, alongside churches, monasteries and other church buildings. The
castle was reconstructed and extended, new streets appeared and grew,
while the number of the population tripled. Sessions of the assembly of
estates took place there as well as coronations of kings and queens,
while the city was vibrant with a nimble cultural and social life.
The period of highest upswing of the city is represented by the reign
of Maria-Theresa ( 1740 - 1780 ). Since her accession to the throne the
construction office of the Hungarian Royal Chamber had started
directing construction development in the city, controlling especially
the construction of public buildings (palace of Hungarian Royal
Chamber, Water barracks and others). Large improvements were also made
in the castle, which became a representative royal seat (not that of
its Hungarian vice-regent) and a centre of top-level social and
The reign of Joseph II meant a fall from glory for Bratislava. It
ceased to be capital city of Hungary. Upon Joseph‘s order, the
Vice-regent Council and other central offices were moved to Buda in
1783 and also, on May 13, the royal crown which had been guarded at
Bratislava castle till then. Moving central offices called for a mass
departure of nobility from the town. Bratislava changed from the
capital of the country back to a provincial town.
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[img1]The finals of the European Trophy - the Red Bulls Salute - will be played from December 13th to December 16th, 2012 in Vienna and Bratislava. It will be the first time the Red Bulls Salute, an invitational tournament that became the final of the European Trophy in 2010, will not be played in Salzburg.
Launched as the Red Bulls' invitation tournament and now the highlight of their international calendar, the event continues to break new ground and after seven years it will, for the first time, not be staged in Salzburg. The Red Bulls Salute 2012 is seeking new international challenges and this year will, in addition to Vienna - which was added as a venue last year - take place for the very first time in Bratislava (Slovakia).
Maros Krajci, General Manager of Slovan Bratislava Hockey Club says: "Bratislava is looking forward to welcoming the final tournament of the most prestigious ice hockey club competition in Europe. The city proved to be a fine host of the last year´s IIHF World Championship in its modernized 10,000 seat arena. Bratislava will get another great opportunity to foster its international image and attractiveness on the background of a first-class sporting event. For me personally, hosting Europe´s best hockey clubs will be a first-class gift for our enthusiastic fans at the end of the year in which we celebrate the 90th anniversary of playing ice hockey in our city."
Red Bulls Salute 2012 in schedule Bratislave:
Thurday 13.12. 17:00: HV71 Jönköping - Tappara Tampere
Thurday 13.12. 20:30: HC SLOVAN Bratislava - Färjestads BK Karlstad
Saturday 15.12. 20:30: semifinals
Sunday 16.12. 20:00: finals