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  • City Hall (Varaždin, Croatia)
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    The Franciscan Church of St. John the Baptist

    by Redang Written Dec 8, 2009

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    Franjevaèka Crkva or The Franciscan Church of St. John the Baptist was built on the site of a medieval church of Knights Hospitallers. The tower, 54,5 m. of heith, was erected in 1.641, and it's the tallest of the city.

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    Arboretum Opeka in Vinica

    by picek Updated Oct 26, 2009

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    Arboretum Opeka is large and scenic park in English landscape style at the edge of village Vinica, near Varazdin. It is famous for its collection of variety of coniferous trees (like Thuja, Taxodium, Taxus...) - some of them grew into remarkable size - and wonderful broadleaf trees, a unique collection in this part of Europe. It's believed to be the most significant arboretum in Croatia on the 64 acres large area. Most scenic will be in the autumn when trees become colored and thus being in dramatic contrast to the coniferous trees and shrubs.

    There are vast meadows and a fish pond, shaded paths, abandoned pool and many birds. Area borders to the forest and has important ecological and aesthetic role. When I visited the park for my fisrt time, there weren't many people there and it was silent all around, a pleasant and nice feeling. But sometimes there may be lots of visitors, old and young - on weekends on nice sunny day when lots of Varazdinians will come to enjoy the park. And isn't it then sad to see slow but continuous decline of once beautiful building from 19th century, a small castle? Nowadays it's only bare walls, 'decorated' with ugly graffiti. However, its details remind us of it's powerful days long time ago. I hope future generations of Panonnians will take better care of their heritage - or it will be gone forever.

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    cemetery - Gradsko groblje

    by picek Updated May 13, 2009

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    Fist burials at Varazdin cemetery (Varazdinsko groblje) date back to 1773 and it was long time an ordinary place untill Herman Haller had an idea to make it more beautiful and park-like with large trees and alleys for citizens to stroll through. He had supervised its construction and design between 1905 and 1947 when it got the form for which it later became one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe and a member of Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe. It's nowsadays protected cultural and natural park.

    Now the cemetery grows larger and its new design seems to be something different than Haller's idea. Some (many) people say that it doesn't fit in the place.

    For its old part it's still beautiful and feels serene, green and quiet place with trees, monuments, old graves and recent graves. Trimmed Thuja takes form of columns of large cubes with more and less changing shapes, evergreen and unforgettable. It's one of the landmarks of Varazdin; I believe you shouldn't miss it.

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    Gregory of Nin stutue

    by cro_gavran Written Dec 15, 2007
    Gregory of Nin monument

    The staute of the Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski) is replica of the same statue in Split made by world known Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.
    Gregory of Nin was a 10th-century bishop that strongly opposed the Pope and official circles of the Church and introduced the Croatian language in the religious services after the Great Assembly in 926. Until that time, services were held only in Latin, not being understandable to the majority of the population. Not only that this was important for Croatian language and culture but it also made the religion stronger within the Croatian nation.

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    Chatedrale

    by cro_gavran Written Dec 15, 2007
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    Varazdin chatedrale is one of the most important early barok chatedrale in Croatia. The building of the chatedrale started 1642. It is situated in the centre of the city, and gives wonderful place to visit if you come to this city. Especially if you go to see interior of the chatedrale.

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    Town hall

    by IvaT Updated Jun 2, 2007

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    The town hall of Varazdin is one of the oldest town halls in Europe (1523.). It was built in gothic style, after big fire (1776.) rebuilt in renaissance style followed by baroque style and todays it is in classicist style. If you come in right tme, you can se a guard-changing ceremony.

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    The Church of St. Florian

    by croisbeauty Updated May 20, 2007

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    Due to frequent fires, inhabitants of Varaždin built a votive church of St. Florian in 1669. As probably known, in christian belive Saint Florian is protector against the fire.Today's appearance of the church dates from the Rococo restoration in 1777.

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    The Ursuline Convent

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 18, 2006

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    The Ursuline sisters bought this house and the church grounds in the mid of the 18th century, to build a convent and the girl's school, marking the beginning of their long educational tradition.

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    Ursuline Church of the Birth of Christ

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 18, 2006

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    The Ursuline sisters arrived from Bratislava in 1703 at the invitation of the Draškovic family. The single-nave baroque church was built in 1712, with the tower added in 1726. The tower is one of the mosr charming in the town.

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    The Cathedral

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 18, 2006

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    The Cathedral of St. Mary to Heaven Ascended is an early-Baroque church from the 17th century. The Cathedral was built on Duke Gašpar Draskovic initiative. The stone portal bears his coat of arms.
    Once a Jesuit and Pauline church, it becomes cathedral in 1997 when the Varaždin See was founded.

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    The Parish church

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 18, 2006

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    This is the look of the main entrance and the portal of the Parish church of S. Nicholas.
    The statue of St. Nicholas, patron saint of the town, stands right above the portal of the church. The front facade is decorated by the remains of the previous older church which stood on this site.

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    The Parish Church of St. Nicholas

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 18, 2006

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    There are a lot of beautiful churches in the medieval centre of the town.
    The Baroque church consecrated to bishop St. Nicholas, saint patron of the town, was erected in 1761 in the place of a former one. Varaždin constructor Matija Mayerhofer started the construction which Adam Poch finished. Remains of the old building and the town's coat of arms were built in the 16th century Gothic part of the tower.

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    Grgur Ninski

    by IvaT Written Oct 21, 2006

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    Grgur Ninski is one of the most valuable sculptures made by Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. Sculpture was made in bronze and intended to be placed in Split, but the autor wasn't satisfied with it's height so it was contributed to Varazdin in 1931. Grgur Ninski was the most important bishop of Nin and chancellor of Croatian royal court.
    The spot where the culpture is placed today was chosen by the author himself. A bigger and a little different version of this sculpture is in Split.

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    Spancirfest

    by IvaT Written Oct 21, 2006

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    Maybe the best time for visiting Varazdin is during famous festival called Spancirfest, at the end of August and beginng of September. It lasts for 10 days and it has a very eventful program. So, there is a program all day long, with lot of domestic and foreign artists, musicians, theatres and almost all of them are free. You can buy a lot of traditional crafts and hand-made works there. After midnight streets are getting empty and After.Spancirfest starts, with lots of bands that are happy to entertain you.

    For more information and pictures you should visit festival's website.

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    fortress

    by josephescu Written Jun 8, 2006

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    The Old City (fortress) is a beautiful example of medieval defensive buildings. Construction began in the 14th century, and in the following century the rounded towers, typical of Ghotic architecture in Croatia, were added. Today it houses the Town Museum.

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