Historical villa in Jurajov Dvor opened to the public

The Weekend of Parks and Gardens enabled a peep into places normally not accessible.

The villa as it looks today.The villa as it looks today. (Source: Jana Liptáková)

At one time it was a luxurious residence occupied by the director of the chemical company Dynamit, now a dilapidated edifice covered in greenery awaiting better times. Also this villa in the area known as Jurajov Dvor in Bratislava was on a list of premises opened to the public during the eight edition of the Weekend of Parks and Gardens held accross Slovakia between June 10 and 12.  

The villa was built in a farmstead known as Jurajov Dvor in the borough where more such farmsteads used to stand as existing names still recall, like Žabí Majer. At that time this was, and remained until now, an industrial zone. It was built in 1942 for the director of the oldest and for a long period of time also the biggest chemical company in Slovakia, Dynamit, and as its name indicates, it produced, apart from other things, dynamite. However, its original dwellers did not enjoy the villa built in the style recalling German architecture for a long period of time. They, as they were Germans, fled in 1945 before the arriving Red Army. Later the villa was divided into several apartments and occupied by Bratislavans, visitors were informed during the visit. 

In 1955 the farmstead came under the ownership of the Bratislava municipality. Around 1980 the core of the farmstead was pulled out and the last dwellers moved out of the villa after 1995. Since then the villa has been empty and awaiting its fate, but offering an authentic experience.   

Aside from the large farmstead only the villa, an outbuilding, almost demolished garages but also a big cement bunker built at the end of the WWII and the original brink fence remain, all drowned in thick greenery.

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