From a petrol station to a bowling alley, Bratislava approves new monuments

The Slovak capital's list of monuments protects almost 600 objects.

A 1943 petrol station in decline that once stood in Bratislava's Nové Mesto borough.A 1943 petrol station in decline that once stood in Bratislava's Nové Mesto borough. (Source: Courtesy of MÚOP)

When brothers Rudolf and Oldřich Zikmunds opened a new filling station at the corner of Račianska and Jarošova in Bratislava’s Nové Mesto back in 1943, they couldn't have known that it would be declared a monument one day.

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The brothers, one of the first operators of filling stations in Czechoslovakia, owned almost 400 stations in 1927.

“The station had been one of the last petrol stations from the first half of the 20th century preserved in Slovakia before its demolition [in 2020],” Zuzana Zvarová from the Bratislava Institute for the Protection of Monuments (MÚOP) said.

The station in decline, in addition to artworks, memorials and other historical buildings, was one of 23 objects in Bratislava added to the list of the city’s monuments at the end of last year.

“The purpose of the list is to remind people of the importance of the landmarks, events and personalities that were part of the history of our city,” MÚOP head Ivo Štassel said.

Since 2011, when the list was approved by Bratislava councillors, the number of monuments on the list has increased to 572, excluding recent additions.

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