The St. Martin´s Cathedral, Bratislava.



Welcome to the website of St. Martin´s Cathedral in Bratislava, Slovakia.



The Catholic church is God's house, where the Holy Eucharist is kept, therefore we would like to ask for a little tactfulness by entering the Cathedral. It is recommended to enter it appropriately dressed, and not to disturb the praying people by an unsuitable behaviour.

 

Brief history

The history of the St. Martin´s Cathedral is closely linked to the former Bratislava castle´s church and its Canonry. In the 13th century they were both moved to the current location. The Canonry (Kapitula) was an intellectual centre of Bratislava in the 15th century. New Gothic cathedral was consecrated on the place of the former Romanesque temple in 1452, although works on its completion were ongoing later.

The interior consists of three vessels, separated by pilasters. The original intention of a higher central vessel was not finished, so remarkable uniform ceiling is closed to the tracery vault. The light comes through Gothic stained-glass windows. The oldest object of the temple is the bottom of the Baptistery from 1410. During the years 1563-1830, eleven Hungarian kings and eight queens were crowned here. The cathedral is dedicated to St. Martin of Tours, who is presented by the well-known baroque statue, made by G. R. Donner. The Cathedral is rich on significant sights, e.g. the Baroque Chapel from the first half of the 18th century, where the body of St. John the Merciful (Almoner) is kept, beautiful arch and canonical seats in the sanctuary, a portal in St. Anna´s Chapel, windows etc.

On 30 June 1995, Pope St. John Paul II. visited St. Martin´s church. In 2008 new Archdiocese of Bratislava was founded and the temple became the metropolitan cathedral. In the Jubilee year 2000, five neighboring countries donated a set of five new bells, that create a beautiful harmony with the old 2500 kg heavy bell Wederin from 1674. The bell-tower is 85 meters high and together with the castle dominates the city center. In 2010, a new valuable organ was installed with 4,500 pipes, 74 registers, four manuals and a pedal.

Currently, works on the restoration of the temple are continuing.

 


 

Mass Times:


Sunday

                   7.45 am  German
                   9.00 am  Latin
                 10.30 am  Slovak
                 12.00 pm  Slovak (Parish mass)
                  5.00 pm   Slovak

Monday - Saturday
                   7.30 am  Slovak
                 12.00 pm  Slovak

The commanded feast (non-working day):
                   9.00 am  Latin
                 10.30 am  Slovak (Leads  Fr. Archbishop)
                 12.00 pm  Slovak (Parish mass)
                   5.00 pm  Slovak

 The commanded feast (workday)
                 
7.30 am  Slovak
                12.00 pm  Slovak
                  5.00 pm  Slovak  (Leads  Fr. Archbishop)

 


St. Martin´s  Cathedral - Opening hours for tourists:


Monday - Friday
  In the summertime:   9.00 am - 11.30 am  &  1.00 pm - 6.00 pm
  In the wintertime:       9.00 am - 11.30 am  &  1.00 pm - 4.00 pm
 
Saturday
          
9.00 am - 11.30 am   (Usually in afternoons there are celebrations of marriages, the tourist visit is impossible) 

Sunday
          1.30 pm - 4.30 pm


The Cathedral is closed for the tourist visit during extraordinary liturgical celebrations and concerts. The current schedule is referred in menu
Farský úrad/Udalosti.
 
The Treasury is open from April 1st to November 11th.




Parish House Office hours:


Monday:
           2.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Wednesday:
    2.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Friday:
              2.30 pm - 5.00 pm





If you would like to celebrate an extraordinary mass at the St. Martin´s Cathedral with your own priest, please fill the Application form:
 

Application to celebrate the mass at St. Martin´s Cathedral  in Bratislava

 

Suggested time of mass does not exceed 1 hour. If the mass is a language other than Slovak, 

it is need to bring own liturgical texts. (In sacristy, there are available the Missals in German and Latin language.) 

It is necessary to keep accuracy. Confirmation of acceptance of the application will be send by email.

We are looking forward to your participation.

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