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Hay in boots, cash in coffers

ALTHOUGH this postcard from 1931 does not picture it, the truth is that in centuries past this was the site of a Bratislava square with the nice name Senné námestie or Hay Square.

ALTHOUGH this postcard from 1931 does not picture it, the truth is that in centuries past this was the site of a Bratislava square with the nice name Senné námestie or Hay Square.

The block of flats seen on the right side of the street still stands today and the Tatra Hotel was built opposite in 1937. The small single-storey houses on the far right are, of course, long gone and the Tatra Centrum now stands in their place.

As one would expect, hay was traded in Hay Square, a fact which might seem uninteresting from today’s point of view. The city, however, earned a lot of money from the sale of hay in this market. The proceeds from the sale of hay were the most important source of revenue for city coffers alongside the wine trade.

The saying that some of the noble old residents of Pressburg had hay in their boots (which is an insult to country folks even today) but wooden coffers full of money is close to reality.

From the castle, palisades stretched down to this square. The term referred to the defensive walls that were built some time during the Celtic period.


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