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There is also the Museum of Jewish Culture located on Židovská Street, which was opened in 1994 as part of the Slovak National Museum.
Other traditional minorities living in Bratislava have their own museums showcasing their cultures: Croatians have one in Devínska Nová Ves, Hungarians and Carpathian Germans both have museums on Žižkova Street.
Several governmental buildings, new palaces and waterworks were all built during these 40 years as the whole town became the centre of social and political life for the empire.
The Austro-Hungarian Empire was composed of several nations, including the countries of central Europe and some of today’s Balkan states.
A statue depicting a Napoleonic soldier leans on a bench in the Main Square and the French presence in Bratislava is also commemorated on a plaque in the Primate’s Palace, recalling the signing of the Treaty of Pressburg in 1805.
Diplomats from France and Austria signed it after the battle of Austerlitz, which was won by Napoleon.
Its traditional composition of inhabitants has typically depended on the current ruling nation and the political situation in central Europe, which has been in flux for many hundreds of years.
Indeed, Bratislava has even changed its name numerous times, with previous generations of locals referring to it as Pressburg, Pozsony or Prešpork and even a period spent as “Wilson’s Town” after the American president Woodrow Wilson.
Moreover, the Church of St John of Matha has frescoes of the Italian baroque painter A.
None is more obvious than the Slavín monument, which remembers the lives of the 6,845 Soviet soldiers who died during the liberation of Bratislava in April 1945, many of whom are buried in six mass and 278 individual graves.
The monument is surrounded by a park containing trees from various parts of the former Soviet Union. There is another near Kopčianska Street in Petržalka (open daily in the afternoons between April-October) with 331 graves of soldiers from Hungary, Austria, Germany, Romania, Poland, Russia and Italy.
Representatives of every nation have left even more permanent traces on the Slovak capital, and it is often possible to trace these various occupations at numerous sites in the city.
Along with the former federation with the Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia) Bratislava is most commonly associated with Austria and Hungary which border Slovakia to the west (Austria) and to the south (Hungary).
One of the plaques near Le Monde restaurant at Hviezdoslavovo Square recalls the visit of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, with his daughter Indira Gandhi, the leaders of the Indian freedom movement against British rule.