Trg Bana Josipa Jelacica – Zagreb’s Main Square: Trg bana Josipa Jelacica or shorter Trg bana Jelacica, Jela?i?ev trg, locally known as Jela?i?-plac or only Trg is the main square in Zagreb – Photos of Trg Bana Josipa Jelacica
Gornji Grad (Upper Town) is one of the districts of Zagreb, located in the central part of the city. It has medieval in ambience and includes most of the oldest parts of Zagreb and many of the main sights in Zagreb – St Mark Church, Lotrscak Tower, The Croatian Parliament and the city’s Cathedral are both locate in Gornji grad, as is the popular pedestrian café street Tkal?i?eva. – Photos of Zagreb Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Church of St Mark (Crkva Svetog Marka) – It was built in the 18th century on a Roman basis and completed as a hall church. The south portal is the most expressive gothic sculptural creation in this part of Europe. .read more
Lotršcak Tower – Lotršcak Tower was once the main city tower/ fort, it is now one of Zagreb’s landmarks. This is the best preserved building within the city’s defensive system, its belvedere providing a wonderful view of Zagreb and its immediate surroundings. The fort was erected in mid-18th century and was named Lotršcak for the bell within it, the ‘campana latrunculorum’ or ‘the bell of thieves’, which rang every night before the town gates closed. A cannon has been fired from Lotršcak Fort every day for over a century to mark noon. – Photo of views from Lotrscak Tower
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary – The Cathedral is the most monumental Croatian sacral building, built in the neo-gothic style. Its exterior is 77 meters long and 48.20 wide. The height of the towers is 108 meters. The interior area is 1617 m2 and can accommodate 5000 people. The Cathedral is within a medieval fort. The west part has been demolished so the Cathedral has Kaptol Square stretching in front of it. The south and east sides hold the Archbishop’s Court, while the north side has the remains of the fort, well preserved towers and walls. Priceless treasure is kept in the Cathedral’s treasury, including items dating back to the 11th to 19th centuries. This is also the burial place for important Croatian heroes. – Photo of Zagrebacka Katedrala
Tkalciceva Street – Tkal?i?eva Street (Tkal?i?eva ulica) is a popular Zagreb pedestrianised street with lot of cafes, night bars and art galleries, located in the Zagreb’s city center. Extending from the vicinity of the central Ban Jela?i? Square to its northern end at the Mala ulica, the street flows between the Gornji Grad in the west and Nova Ves in the east – Photos of Tkalciceva Street
Zagreb’s Lower Town (Donji Grad): – Donji Grad ( Lower Town) is centrally located district of Zagreb. It’s main atractions are street Ilica, Zrinjevac Square, Trg Zrtava Fasizma with Mestrovic Pavillion, Umjetnicki Paviljon, HNK building, Mimara Musem, Ethnographic Museum.. – Photos of Zagreb’s Lower Town / Ilica Street in Lower town /
Meštrovic Pavillion – Meštrovic Pavillion – the rotund building was built in 1938 by the world famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrovic. Such avant-garde project in the first half of the 20th century was a predecessor to famous modern buildings in the world, even the prestigious Guggenheim Museum in New York (1959). It is now the Home of Croatian Artists and a venue for cultural events.
Croatian National Theater building
The monumental Croatian National Theater building in the middle of Maršal Tito Square was erected in 1895 according to the concept provided by Helmer and Fellner, well known theater builders. This is why it resembles the Viennese theater so much. The Croatian National Theater building is among the representative historical theaters in Central and Eastern European cities. (www.hnk.hr)
Dolac is Zagreb’s central marketplace which is situated in the very center of the city. The marketplace is a colorful spot and a convincing proof that Zagreb and Croatia eat natural, fresh and tasty food. Quality tasty meat, fruits and vegetables from the Zagreb region and other parts of the country and the world, dairy products made by peasant women from the surrounding area and fresh Adriatic fish are available at colorful stands under distinctive red parasols. There is also a wide range of souvenirs, garments and special products made of wood, wicker..
Maksimir Park is the largest park in Zagreb is one of the first public gardens in Europe organized according to drawings. Making an ideal combination of English landscape and a park forest, it was opened to public in the late 18th century. It was the first public promenade in Southeast Europe. The city was much smaller then and the perception of distance was different, so visitors began to arrive in greater numbers in 1892, when the first horse tram route was established! The park covers an area of 316 hectares, it has improved lakes, summer villas and sculptures, and has been systematically protected since 1940. The park area also includes the Zoo, established in 1925. (www.park-maksimir.hr)
Mirogoj Arcades with the domes – The Mirogoj Park Cemetery is among the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. Mirogoj is not only the final resting place for the deceased, but also a wonderful park and an outdoor art gallery. It is also special for the fact that all religions are respected here, not just the Christian one. Famous architect Herman Bollé designed the cemetery with its monumental composition, a 500 meters long line of neo-renaissance arcades with 20 domes. This was one of the biggest projects in European historicism and a true gallery for works of Croatian painters, sculptors and craftsmen. Photo of Mirogoj Arcades / (www.gradskagroblja.hr)
Museums in Zagreb:
StrossmayerGallery – gallery of Old Masters including Bellini, Veronese, Bruegel and Carpeaux as well as Baska slab, the oldest example of Croatia’s native Glagoliticscript. ( http://mdc.hr/strossmayer/)
Mimara Museum – presents an archaeological collection, a Far Eastern collection, art objects and works by well-known European masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, Vasquez, Murillo, Goya, Manet, Renoir and Degas.
Archaeological Museum – displays artifacts from prehistoric to medieval times as well as the largest coin collection in Europe.(http://www.amz.hr)
Galleryof Naive Art – displays the most important of Naive Art in Croatia. (http://www.hmnu.org/)
Zagreb City Museum – displays the history of Zagreb through arts, crafts and a scale model of old Zagreb.(http://www.mdc.hr/mgz/)
Mestrovic Studio – displays sculptures, drawings and lithographs from the artist’s early years. (http://www.mdc.hr/mestrovic/okrugli-stol-en.htm)
Ethnographic Museum – displays artefacts about nature and origins of Croatian culture. Folk costumes, handicrafts, tools and instruments show what is unique about Croatian culture. (http://www.etnografski-muzej.hr/)
More Museums in Zagreb + Museums in Croatia
More info about Sightseeing in Zagreb:
Zagreb Card with a number of benefits. By purchasing a daily (24 hours) or a 3-day (72 hours) Zagreb Card, visitors to Zagreb have been provided with various benefits and savings on various services of 10 to as much as 50 percent. In addition to free use of public transport, discounts are available in almost all city museums and in many theaters, concert halls, hotels, restaurants, shops and for various services. The list also includes providers of sporting, medical and rent-a-car services. The card is available at over 40 points in Zagreb – the Airport, Zagreb Fair, tourist info centers, hotels, travel agencies, and online at www.zagreb-touristinfo.hr
Zagreb’s daily tourist programs include standard guided sightseeing and costume sightseeing on foot or wheels. In addition to the regular bus tours, the offer includes four attractive Segway City Tour programs – a unique experience of sightseeing around Zagreb on a Segway personal transporter(www.SegwayCityTourZagreb.com).
The Zagreb Tourist Board dispatches walking tourist informers to squares and streets. Their task is to help tourists find their way around and inform them of anything they would like to know about Zagreb from May to October. They can be recognized for their distinctive blue outfits with a big letter I. They provide information in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and Hebrew.
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- History and Culture
- Night Life and Entertainment
- Zagreb Sights