Here are some photos. Zamocka looks nothing like this today.
|Zamocka pre-demolition. Notice the synagogue in the upper center region of the photo.|
|The same view today. Notice the first building on the left is the same in both photos, but everything to the right of it has changed.|
|Zamocka from further down. The street that you can see going left at this intersection would have been Zidovska.|
|A better view of the synagogue and adjacent buildings.|
Adding insult to injury, at some point in the 1960s, some douchebag had the audacity to propose razing the Bratislava castle and replacing it with whatever the hell this is(!).
The Communists, strangely enough, kept the castle and restored it (albeit, inauthentically, making the interior courtyard resemble a prison yard; the castle was re-restored more faithfully a few years ago), but as this photo would indicate, it appears there was at least some discussion about putting the castle on the chopping block. Crazy!!!
There are a few other Communist-era architectural calamities worth pointing out. The most egregious is the front of the Water Barracks wing of the Slovak National Gallery. Prior to Communism, this is how the Water Barracks looked from the front.
Then during Communism, someone got the bright idea to put this piece of crap over the front of it, making it resemble a California junior college library on steroids, or the entrance to a football stadium.
Also, take a look at what happened to Bratislava's quaint, main train station in the 1980s (yesterday and today). This was much less an artistic/idealogical statement than simply a functional add-on created to expand what was an inadequately tiny train station. Again, you've got more of that lovely utilitarian, California jr. college look. And even the junky add-on isn't really sufficient today - it can get fairly cramped inside. Bratislava could definitely use a more "grown-up" train station.
So, clearly, this was nothing new under Communism. What makes it different now is that these days, people seem to have a little more reverence for historical structures, and do not want the history that these structures represent to disappear. Plus, in Europe, that history translates into tourist dollars. And today, people here battle passionately to prevent Communists-era structures from being torn down by capitalist developers, so the cycle continues.
(Click here to see recent photos I've taken in Bratislava).
(Click here to see photos from recent day-trips to Vienna).