Mayor Vallo: “We are bringing back to life another iconic monument in our city”

After the announcement of the revitalisation of Sad Janka Kráľa park, mayor of Bratislava Matúš Vallo stated that the Družba Fountain in Freedom Square will undergo its first major reconstruction after 40 years, which “will make it more accessible to people”.

The fountain was built in 1980 and it is the work of architects Virgil Droppa and Juraj Hlavica and sculptors Karol Lacko, Tibor Bártfay and Juraj Hovorka.

Mayor Vallo stated via social media: “We are bringing back to life another iconic monument in our city. The long-awaited comprehensive revitalization of Freedom Square starts with the repair of the fountain, which is one of the largest in Slovakia. In the first half of next year, work will also begin on the square itself.”

The works will last approximately 12 months since there is a lot of damage on the fountain. It will take the longest to repair the underground engine room, which is situated directly below the fountain.

The surroundings will also be renovated. Mayor Vallo stated: “In the second phase, Freedom Square will be gradually revitalized since it has never been significantly reconstructed. In 2018, several quick interventions were made.”

The fountain has not been functional since 2007.  It has a diameter of 45 meters and the central sculpture made of stainless steel weighs 12 tons. In the past, there were up to 2,000 cubic meters of water in the pools.


Photo credit: Linkedin/Matus Vallo