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Bratislava in Bratislava I, Bratislavský kraj, Slovakia — Central Europe

Agatha Toott Borlobaschin Witch Burning Memorial

Agatha Toott Borlobaschin Witch Burning Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 12, 2022
1. Agatha Toott Borlobaschin Witch Burning Memorial Marker
In commemoration of the first witch burnt to death in Bratislava

Na týchto miestach bola 24. māja 1602 ako prvā v Bratislave za bosorāctvo upálenā Agatha Toott Borlobaschin

(English translation:)

On 24 May 1602, Agatha Toott Borlobaschin was the first in Bratislava to be burned at the stake for witchcraft.

Erected 2019 by
Topics. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Notable EventsWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is May 24, 1602.
Location. 48° 8.747′ N, 17° 6.43′ E. Marker is in Bratislava, Bratislavský kraj, in Bratislava I. Marker is at the intersection of Hurbanovo námestie and Michalská, on the left when traveling west on Hurbanovo námestie. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Hurbanovo námestie 7, Bratislava, Bratislavský kraj 811 03, Slovakia. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jozef Murgaš (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Franz Schmidt (1874 - 1939) (about 180 meters away); Prof. Miloš Ruppeldt
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(about 210 meters away); Antikvariát Steiner / Antiquarian Bookstore Steiner (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Memorial of the Velvet Revolution (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Anton Grigorievič Rubinštejn (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886) (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Paracelsus (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bratislava.
Also see . . .
1. A witch twice burned (May 20, 2002). This article discusses the difficulty in getting approval for installation from five different bodies for the plaque (hence the “twice burned” - once historically and once bureaucratically). The plaque did eventually get approved and was installed in 2002. However, it was later stolen. An identical replacement was installed in 2019.
Excerpt: Borlobaschin, who died at a stake erected midway between today's Župné and Hurbanovo squares on May 24, 1602, was tortured and forced to admit to communing with a devil, flying on a broom, and blinding a woman by sewing shut the eye of a toad.
(Submitted on December 31, 2022.) 

2. HISTÓRIA: Upálená Agáta … (Bratislavske Noviny, Sept. 22, 2019, in Slovak)
Witch Burning Memorial - wide view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 12, 2022
2. Witch Burning Memorial - wide view
The marker is visible here set in the sidewalk.
. Translation of title: HISTORY: Burnt Agatha - this is how they tortured and executed the victim of the witch trials
Excerpt (in translation): Her life story has several versions. We will probably never know the real one. However, we have a whole list of confessions that Agatha made after a long and painful torture.…(details of her subsequent humiliation, near-drowning, and torture by flame omitted)…Finally, after several days of torture, she declared that she had bewitched everyone. The satisfied executioner, recorder, burgher Hart and the sitting guildmasters and the parish priest could finally breathe a sigh of relief. Agatha confessed and they could finally burn her. This happened on May 24, 1602, behind Michael's Gate,…
(Submitted on December 31, 2022.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 418 times since then and 121 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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