This beautiful cathedral (one of the nicest I've seen in my life) is in the neighbourhood of Kaptol in the middle of the city on top of a hill. Its towers rise into the sky forcing your gaze upward, which I think is one of its most important features. It's one of the tallest cathedrals I've seen. Inside, there's a beautiful cloister with tall and slender windows. There's also a transparent coffin with an interesting bishop/pope. You can see it easily anywhere in Zagreb by looking at the sky. If you liked this review and you want to continue travelling through Croatia, check out my profile! And if you have any questions, just ask. I'll gladly answer. A GREETING FROM MINUBE!
Facing the Cathedral and next to the municipal food market in the neighborhood of Dolac, there is a beautiful square that is home to the fruit and vegetable market in Zagreb. Strolling among its stalls, one realizes the importance of these foods for the Croats, how good the quality is and how clean the facilities are. The white grapes we bought were delicious.
In the highest area of historic Zagreb this church is characterized by its roof with red, blue and white representing the coat of arms of Zagreb. The building was constructed by Venetian masters, even the baroque bell tower is an addition of the seventeenth century. Inside there are Gothic vaults and a choir designed by Ivan Mestrovic. The square where it is situated is a symbol of political life, because here are the locations of the Sabor (Parliament), neoclassical building, and the Croatian government.
This mid-13th century tower has a legend, and what a legend! Supposedly, a cannon shot fired from the Lotrscak tower (which guards the south gate) crossed the Sava River and landed in a Turkish camp, right when a chicken dish was being brought to the Pasha for lunch. The accuracy of the cannons led the invading Turk to call off his invasion of the city. As this shot was at noon, a memorial shot is fired at the same hour every day. You can climb the tower and have a 360-degree panoramic view of Zagreb. Opening hours: 11:00am - 8:00pm, Tuesday - Sunday. Entry fee is 10 HRK.
I have not been to Vienna but the pictures and television have given me an idea of a majestic city, elegant, perfect, clean, historic but not old. When I arrived in Zagreb I had a similar feeling. The only difference is that the Croatian capital is small in size. My argument is based on the National Theatre manor. An impressive building dating back to 1840 and after some modification it still stands today. It has national and international talent performing there. An example of this would be José Carreras. Great place to visit and enjoy.
Only one of the city's four gates, the eastern one, has been preserved and this leads to the Gradec neighbourhood. Apart from being practical, it's also surrounded by a legend which is very important to Zagreb's citizens ve are very devout. According to this legend, the great fire of 1731 destroyed nearly all of the wooden door except for a painting of the Virgin and Child by an unknown 17th century artist. People thought that it was a magical or a miraculous painting and since then, they have come to the site to pray and make offerings. On the inside of the doors on the wall, they have used the space as a chapel with benches for the people to pray before the image locked behind iron bars and surrounded by candles and flowers. Upon leaving the western Gradec, you can find the [poi = 608851] Dora statue [/ poi]
This is a lovely garden that is part of the Lenuci Horseshoe, an area of green space in the Lower City of Zagreb. It opened in the year 1899 as a landscaped garden. The most photographed part is a small lake with a bridge that crosses it. This garden also has many interesting architectural buildings: the administration building (Art-Nouveau style), Botanical Institute building and the exhibition hall from the year 1891, which was recently reconstructed.
Cemeteries! Always a frightening place to visit! But this is magical, really one of the most beautiful cemeteries I've ever seen. If you go to Zagreb, don't hesitate to catch a city bus to visit. It's surrounded by a wall of about 5 or 6 meters full of vines and a breathtaking entrance. Admission is free, of course.
When you exit the Stone Gate in the Gradec neighborhood you can see this small statue in a little niche. It depicts Dora, the heroine of an eighteenth century novel ("The Goldsmith's Gold") who lived here with her father. The statue is very small. Once seen, you can continue down the street to the square and see the famous church.
The Croatian Museum of Naive Art has more than 1,850 works of art - paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints - mainly by Croatian artists. The permanent exhibition was established in accordance with the maxim of Naive Art as an area of Modern Art. The focus is on the Hlebine school of Croatian artists. Open Tuesday - Friday 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday 10 am-1 pm Closed Mondays and holidays. Adult Entry - 20 kuna, schoolchildren, students, groups - 10 kuna. Guided tours by prior notification by phone or email, in Croatian and English - 150 kuna.
This is both the geographic, and the symbolic centre of Zagreb. It lies on the border between the high medieval city and the nineteenth century modern town. It's a strange square, rectangular, and surrounded by many buildings of different styles, among them the Dubrovnik Hotel. This is the starting point for many tours of the city, as it is the exact centre of Zagreb.
This is one of the most popular walks in Zagreb, but it will take a bit of care to find it, especially if you're beginning on Ivana Tkalcica Street and walking uphill (in my opinion, the best way to go). You have to take a small lane on the left, coming from Bana Jelacica Square, which can easily go unnoticed. It's very romantic, passing the walls of some buildings in the city (many are undergoing renovation, and are covered in graffiti), and then to the lower town, which can be seen through the trees. The path was opened in 1843, and today offers a very unusual and fascinating way to see the different sides of the city.
One of the prints that is most characteristic that a traveller that visits this Croatian capital is the big number of trams, most of them very old, that go over the streets. I was left wanting to get on one, only for pleasure, because that is what was most important. Touristically speaking, you can go by foot.
Among the three classical arts (architecture, sculpture and painting), sculpture has always been a favorite of mine. And it was a truly great surprise to arrive in Zagreb and find one of my favorite sculptors, Ivan Meštrović! This master of the early twentieth century can be spotted sitting on a bench. And after an imaginary conversation he invited me to the square opposite the National Theatre where his work can be seen. Beautiful, inspiring stuff. I'll be sure to return someday.
The immense Josip Jelacic Square is the geographical center of Zagreb. It's where tons of trams begin and end their journeys. Almost all the houses which line it are from the 19th century, and in the heart of the square is the statue of Ban (governor) Jalacic, ve led Croatian troops in the losing battle for autonomy against the Hungarians. The statue was in this square from 1866 to 1947, when Tito ordered its removal on the grounds that it was a symbol of Croatian nationalism. It was returned to the square in 1991.
Continuing towards the Gradec, the street Tkalciceva is full of bars and restaurants with terraces and a very young atmosphere despite only being mid-afternoon. This street invites you to sit and have a beer, a coffee or an ice cream. Some of the most famous bars in Zagreb are on this street. All of this atmosphere is between houses that still retain the old historic facades.
There's a Monet painting that can be seen in the Houses of Parliament at different times of day. It is a 2 x 1, or even 4 x 1. You can see different things starting from the same point. It's almost magical. When I left the train station in Zagreb, it was so early that I could not even go out because the currency exchange office was closed and you can't go very far with zero Kunas in your pocket. The bread wasn't even finished baking when I arrived! The man handing out bread bid me a good morning: Dobro jutro! I waited in Kralja Tomsilava square, something which happen many times during my stay. I couldn't stop taking photos, almost like a modern kind of Monet (all modesty aside).
Museums in Kumrovec
A few miles northwest of Zagreb you'll find the Staro Selo Museum. Located in the village of Kumrovec, which became famous for being the birthplace of Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito.
Now his home is part of this outdoor museum that consists of several houses, mostly of wood, including various fixtures, machinery, and other tools to show what rural life was like in those days.