The reconstruction of the Bratislava castle is mainly a matter of national pride – there’s no other building with such a great historical, cultural, social and political significance. Since the great fire in 1811, which ruined this majestic residence of Hungarian kings, only partial reconstruction works has been done. They weren’t able to give the fame from previous centuries back to the landmark over Danube.
The task of the general reconstruction, which required investment of 126 euro, was to return to the palace, adjacent castle buildings and gardens historically faithful form of the end of Baroque from the time of Maria Theresa. A group of preservationists and architects has an exceptional interest to keep valuable Gothic, Renaissance and early Baroque elements. Therefore the most sensitive procedure was chosen for reconstruction of facades and interiors to respect the unique character of the castle’s spaces.
After the excellent experience of rebuilding of the Kempinski High Tatras hotel a solution of custom manufactured fully concealed window fitting MACO INVISIBLE was chosen. It was supplied by the company of Eurolux, s. r. o. from Košice. “The demanding reconstruction required windows made of first-class materials with high aesthetic value, for use of such fittings, which would be seamlessly integrated into the context of each room”, explained Peter Petrovka, the company owner. A proven model was the windows fittings MACO INVISIBLE, which meets, except the safety a thermal insulation features, also the requirement for aesthetically sensitive complement historical replicas of windows, because when viewed from the interior only the handle remains visible. The window wing hinges are due to special design perfectly hidden below the profile, so they disturb the visual pleasure of looking through the window out in no way. The company of Eurolux planted fitted 372 windows in the Bratislava Castle.
The purpose of the reconstruction was among other things to open this important national monument to general public, so the reconstruction works included orangery, riding hall and gardens. The medieval monuments found by the exploratory work will be now displayed in the archaeological collection. The second, third and fourth floor of the palace will now serve Castle Gallery, an exhibition of the national history of Slovakia and publicly accessible depositories Slovak National Museum. The new white coat of the castle was illuminated on the 1st of September 2009 during the reopening of the castle to the public for the first time.