last baroque rebuilding
adaptation project
Námestie slobody 1, Bratislava
Emil Belluš
about 1730
1940 – 1941

The reconstruction and enlargement of the former summer residence of the archbishopric was the result of a government plan to create a ‘governing district’ on the square, bringing together all of the important public and party institutions in one place. In its new use as the Foreign Ministry, the palace was rebuilt by E. Belluš, likely selected on the basis of his successful work on the Grassalkovich Palace. In this instance as well, his aim was to bring back all of the attributes of the Late Baroque style, concentrating in the adaptation primarily on the central pavilion, which regained its original Baroque splendour. The most striking alteration is the addition of two side wings to the original historical core, rising on the site of the original corner bays. Even though these wings keep to the authentic artistic idea, Belluš again managed to reach beyond the bounds of the original conception, making the palace, after his adaptation, even more Baroque than it was before.

KUSÝ, Martin: Emil Belluš. Bratislava, Tatran 1984. 142 p, p. 52.
BENCOVÁ, Jarmila: Belluš barokizujúci? (Paláce severného predmestia). Architektúra & Urbanizmus 33, 1999, 1 – 2, p. 35 – 46.