One of the hidden gems I found during my travels to Bratislava, was the Ondrejsky Cemetery. It was one of the most memorable and beautiful things I encountered and I really had to share its beauty here.
You can easily find yourself in this little peaceful oasis, right in the middle of Bratislava, without ever realizing it is a cemetery. At first glance, it looks like a regular park. Then you start to see the monuments and crosses peeping out from between the tall trees.
Almost all the graves have clearly not been tended for in a long time, perhaps some of them have already disappeared altogether. Upon inspecting the names on the tomb stones, you can easily understand why. Most of the names are German or Hungarian and date back to the times when Bratislava was dominated by them. Those days are long gone, so I believe no descendants are left to care for their long relatives’ final resting places.
This is what makes it absolutely beautiful, since you can clearly feel the passing of time and lost memories. In such places, I find it hard to capture the atmosphere on camera. The piercing silence that surrounds it, the veils of ivy on the tomb stones, the ornate statues that keep the ghosts safe from time’s grasp.
I walked around the area for more than an hour, trying to take in every detail of the graves. Intriguingly, when I was just about to leave, I noticed one of the cemetery’s cats sitting timidly by one of the graves. It did not seem to be disturbed by my presence at all. I soon discovered from one passer by that lots of cats have made the cemetery their “home”.
How appropriate, don’t you think?