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St Michael's Tower, Bratislava

Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, and home to approximately 450,000 inhabitants. Following the Velvet Revolution and subsequent dissolution of Czechslovakia in 1993, Slovakia has gone on to do quite well for itself, measuring highly across a number of living standard metrics and boasting one of the fastest growing economies in Europe. As I work in the car industry, I was surprised to learn that Slovakia is the world’s biggest per-capita car producer, primarily due to the presence of Volkswagen, PSA and Kia Motors (and soon, Jaguar Land Rover). All in all, the automobile industry makes up a quarter of its exports.

 

Pictured is Michalská Street, a popular shopping street in the Bratislava Old Town, with St Michael's Tower in the distance; the last preserved gate of the medieval city fortification. At the very top of the tower is a statute of St Michael slaying a dragon (sorry, you can't really see it from this distance!).

 

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Taken on February 24, 2017