Slovenský národný bleskozvod

Slovenský národný bleskozvod, also known as Dankov Stožiar, Kapitánov Monument or Kapitánov Kolík, is a flagpole built in front of the Slovak parliament building next to Bratislava Castle.

Slovenský národný bleskozvod
Slovenský národný bleskozvod
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Slovenský národný bleskozvod is located in Slovakia
Slovenský národný bleskozvod
Location in Slovakia
Coordinates48°08′32″N 17°05′54″E / 48.1421743°N 17.0982705°E / 48.1421743; 17.0982705
LocationNamestie Alexandra Dubceka, Bratislava, Slovakia
DesignerKpt. Plgr. Andrej Danko
TypeFlagpole
MaterialSteel
Height30 m (98 ft)
Beginning date2019
Completion date2019
Opening dateSeptember 1st 2019

The height of the pole is 30 metres, to beat the 27 metres high flagpole built in Budapest.[1] However, it is not even close to the record setting, 171 metres high Jeddah Flagpole built in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

It was later discovered that the flagpole in Budapest is 33 metres high.[2]

FinancingEdit

Although the first estimation was that the flagpole would not cost more than 34.000 EUR incl. VAT, the final cost of the project was 58.043 EUR excl. VAT. The original plan was to have the project financed partly from donations and partly from Government budget, i.e., by Slovak tax payers. After a criticism it was fully financed from donations. The donations came from Andrej Danko (9000 EUR), Daniel Guspan (9000 EUR), Parliamentary club of Smer (5000 EUR), Robert Fico (1000 EUR) and other smaller donors, mostly the members of parliament (30.000 EUR).[3]

Parties Most–Híd, Sloboda a Solidarita and Sme Rodina refused to participate in the project's financing, with the leader of Obyčajní Ľudia a Nezávislé Osobnosti, Igor Matovič, having stated that he would rather help other disabled people instead of Andrej Danko.[4]

Bleskozvod (lightning rod)Edit

Although the original idea was to only build a flagpole, the real usage was quickly found during the first heavy thunderstorm on August 25, 2019, thanks to its location on the top of a hill.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Danko vysvetľoval, prečo bude stožiar pred parlamentom vyšší ako v Budapešti". Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  2. ^ "The reconstruction of Kossuth Square – the Steindl Imre Programme (SIP)". Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Vyšší ako ten maďarský. Pred parlamentom vztýčili Dankov stožiar". Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Most-Híd neplánuje prispieť na Dankov stožiar, Matovič radšej venuje peniaze zdravotne postihnutým". Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Na západe Slovenska udrelo viac ako 15-tisíc bleskov. Vybral si jeden Dankov stožiar?". Retrieved 3 September 2019.