Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia at the foot of the Little Carpathians, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava.
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Today Bratislava is the political, cultural and economic centre of Slovakia.
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In 2017, Bratislava was ranked as the third richest region of the European Union by GDP per capita .
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The name Bratislava, which had been used only by some Slovak patriots, became official in March 1919 with the aim that a Slavic name could support demands for the city to be part of Czechoslovakia.
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Bratislava was bombarded by the Allies, occupied by German troops in 1944, and eventually taken by troops of the Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front on 4 April 1945.
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Bratislava's dissidents anticipated the fall of Communism with the Bratislava candle demonstration in 1988, and the city became one of the foremost centres of the anti-Communist Velvet Revolution in 1989.
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Bratislava is situated in southwestern Slovakia, within the Bratislava Region.
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Cityscape of Bratislava is characterized by medieval towers and grandiose 20th-century buildings, but it underwent profound changes in a construction boom at the start of the 21st century.
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Bratislava's Town Hall is a complex of three buildings erected in the 14th–15th centuries and now hosts the Bratislava City Museum.
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Bratislava has one surviving functioning synagogue, out of the three major ones existing before the holocaust.
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The only military cemetery in Bratislava is Slavin, unveiled in 1960 in honour of Soviet Army soldiers who fell during the liberation of Bratislava in April 1945.
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One of the most prominent structures in the city is Bratislava Castle, situated on a plateau 85 metres above the Danube.
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Bratislava is the seat of the Slovak parliament, presidency, ministries, supreme court, and central bank.
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Bratislava Region is the wealthiest and most economically prosperous region in Slovakia, despite being the smallest by area and having the third smallest population of the eight Slovak regions.
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Bratislava holds shares in 17 companies directly, including the city's public transport company Dopravny podnik Bratislava, the waste collection and disposal company named OLO, and the water utility.
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Month before Christmas the Main Square in Bratislava is illuminated by a Christmas tree and the Christmas market stalls are officially opened.
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Bratislava enjoys numerous theatres, museums, galleries, concert halls, cinemas, film clubs, and foreign cultural institutions.
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Bratislava is the seat of the Slovak National Theatre, housed in two buildings.
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Music in Bratislava flourished in the 18th century and was closely linked to Viennese musical life.
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Bratislava is home to both the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and the chamber orchestra, Capella Istropolitana.
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Bratislava is home to two of Slovakia's national folk dance ensembles, Lucnica and Slovensky ludovy umelecky kolektiv .
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SK Slovan Bratislava, founded in 1919, has its home ground at the Tehelne pole stadium.
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Bratislava is home to three winter sports arenas: Ondrej Nepela Winter Sports Stadium, V Dzurilla Winter Sports Stadium, and Dubravka Winter Sports Stadium.
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In 1966, Bratislava named its new multi-sports stadium after tennis player Ladislav Hecht.
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Bratislava is the seat of the largest university, the largest technical university, and the oldest art schools in Slovakia.
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Public transport in Bratislava is managed by Dopravny podnik Bratislava, a city-owned company.
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Bratislava is part of an integrated system, IDS BK, connecting city public transport with other transport companies in the Bratislava region.
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Port of Bratislava is one of the two international river ports in Slovakia.
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