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Grassalkovich's Baroque palace was designed in 1760 as the private residence of Empress Marie Therese's rich advisor. The frequent guests to his salon were Joseph Haydn and elite members of the Hungarian aristocracy.The palace played a considerable role in the history of Slovakia, as the Habsburg Archduke Franz Ferdinand met his wife here. After the Second World War, the palace became the residence of the first President of the independent Slovak Republic, Josef Tiso. Following the Velvet Revolution in 1989, it was restored, once again becoming the home of the Slovak president.