Rijeka Things to Do

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    The Capuchin Church of our Lady of Lourdes.

    by Askla Updated Aug 11, 2015

    The Capuchin Church of our Lady of Lourdes sits just close to Trg Zabica and the bus station. The construction was started in 1904. The lower part was completed 4 years later, while the upper part, with the Neo-Gothic facade (as we know it today), was not completed until 1929. A bell tower was planned but never got built.

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    Old gate or Roman arch?

    by Askla Written Aug 10, 2015

    At first it was believed that this was a Roman Triumphal Arch which should have been built by the Roman Emperor Claudius Gothicus. Later research has proved it to be the main entrance to the centre of the Roman command compound of Tarsatica, an ancient town on whose ruins the medieval Rijeka was built. This compound was the main headquarters, the supply base and the starting point of the Alpine enclosure, which composed of kilometres after kilometres of defensive walls, towers, forts, guard-stations and other fortifications needed for the purpose of blocking the barbarian incursions towards Italy as the centre of the Roman Empire.
    Some remainings of Tarsatica can be seen on the left hand side after passing the gate.

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    The City Tower.

    by Askla Written Aug 10, 2015

    The City Tower was originally a gate leading from the seafront into the town. Up to the end of the 18th century, Rijeka was encircled by walls. It was built in the Middle Ages. It is richly decorated. Above the portal we can see a relief of the Austrian emperors Leopold and Charles VI and a coat of arms from the Habsburg empire, carved out of stone.

    A Rijeka city coat of arms, sculptured in high relief, is situated below the tower’s clock. The heads of Rijeka’s double-headed eagle are strangely enough both looking in the same direction, opposed the imperial eagle. The eagle holds an urn in its claws from which a supply of water is running. This is supposed to symbolise the infinite loyalty of the city to the Austrian emperor. This urn with the water was formerly the city coat of arms. During my interrail trip in the beginning of the 80s I came to Rijeka. I bought a postcard and in the middle of the card there is the old coat of arms.
    The sculpture of Rijeka’s double-headed eagle used to sit on top of the tower but after the WWI, Italian soldiers chopped off one head to make it look less like the Austrian eagle and more like the Roman one. It was however completely removed after the WWII.

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    St. Vitus’ Cathedral.

    by Askla Written Aug 10, 2015

    St. Vitus’ Cathedral is the only Baroque rotunda of any larger proportions in Croatia. The construction of this church started in 1638 but it wasn't finnished until around 100 years later mostly due to financial problems. The project was provided by the Jesuits The cathedral was built on the site of a small demolished wodden church, dedicated to the patron saint of Rijeka, St. Vitus. The dome and the oratories for the monks on the first floor are later additions from 1727.
    In the middle of the main altar one can see the crucifix from the old church. There is a legend connected to this. It says that "one day in the year 1296 a certain man, Peter Lonzarich, was playing cards with some of his friends in front of the church. However, he lost all the time and got so angry that he rose up, took a stone and ran into the church where he threw the stone at the crucifix, hitting the body on the left side. Blood started to spout out of the wound and at the same time the ground suddenly opened and swallowed Lonzarich. The stone can still be seen close to the crucifix. It bears the following inscription, in translation from Latin: this crucified was hit with this stone in 1296." From that time a cult of the "miraculous Crucifix" formed in Rijeka.

    You can see a collection of paintings, goldsmiths' works, mass vestments, rare books, prints and other religious works of art that are displayed in the gallery of the cathedral, but by appointment only. There will you also find a portrait of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of tourists!

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    Vela Crikva

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 5, 2012

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    Above the ruins of the thermae a bell tower was erected in the Middle Ages. Its base contains the stone blocks, obviously taken from some antique buildings. This free-standing bell tower is predominatly Gothic. Owing to its inclination of some forty centimetres, it has become known as "Kosi Toranj" (the Leaning Tower).

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    Vela Crikva

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 5, 2012

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    The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for centuries referred to as "Vela Crikva" (the Big Church) or Duomo by the locals, is the sacral centre that can rightly be believed to have been erected on th place of worship in the period of early Christianity, originaly established on the site of Roman public thermae, the remains of which around the church have only partly been researched.
    The floor of the more representative parts of the thermae were covered in mosaics, preserved under today's pavement of Vele Crikve Square.

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    St.Vitus' Church

    by traveloturc Updated Aug 20, 2011

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    The former Jesuit Church, and today cathedral Church of St. Vitus.The Jesuits decided to use the cult of the Miraculous Crucifix from the old church, which, according to the legend, started bleeding when a certain Petar Lonsarik, angered by a gambling loss, threw a stone at it. The construction of the new church started in 1638 according to the design of the Jesuit architect G. Briani.A significant change to the design was brought in 1725, when the constructor B. Martinuzzi added a gallery to the church.St. Vitus’ is a unique Baroque rotunda of such monumental dimensions built in Croatia.

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    National Theatre (Ivan pl. Zajc)

    by traveloturc Updated Aug 19, 2011

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    It was built in 1885 as a city theatre, according to the design of the specialised Vienna Helmer and Fellner workshop.The exterior is adorned by figurative compositions of "Music and Drama" by Venetian sculptor Benvenutti. The opening of the theatre was marked by a performance of Verdi's Aida. In a town which, at the time, was not supplied with electric current, the autonomous system of electric supply installed in the theatre by the Vienna Kremenczky company was a real sensation.

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    Grand Opera at the National Theater(Part1)

    by hquittner Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hrvatsko Narodni Kazalista is named forRijeka-born composer Ivan Zajc(1832-1914).It is very similar (same architects) to one in Zagreb and stands at the edge of Kazaliani Park. It has a broad dome over a wide orchestra and 3 levels of boxes and a balcony and a Royal box.. Floral brackets support the 1st and 3rd box level but the 2nd level is enlivened byfull-busomed carytids between the boxes brazenly supporting the upper level on raised folded arms.The opening feature was Verdi's Aida (his latest hit-this was late 19C).A memorial bust of him surrmounts the lobby.The dome displays 6 murals symbolizing types of music, When the original painter was slow in providing the canvases, the architects made the authorities accept a new young Viennese painter Gustave Klimt(1862-1910). This first commission provides Rijeka with thebest paintins in Croatia.We are partial to opera in such a site and would have enjoyed it if we could have worked it out. Maybe you can do it. They have a long season{ in summer too?)

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    Ploece Palace

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 27, 2010

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    An elegant palace that was built with the money that the owner got from being an engineer to develop the torpedo. He was one of three that developed the torpedo, and wealth came his way along with Robert Whitehead, an English engineer that improved the speed and accuracy of the self propelled torpedo. The family lived here for about 50 years.

    Corner view of the ornate structure One side has different decor than the other Front of building Close up of the intricate work around windows Statues ring the front arch entrance
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    City Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 27, 2010

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    This modern day structure looks like a stale Communist building; and maybe so since it was built in 1976. It is on the site that was the Governor's Palace gardens. The purpose is to display past and present people, things and special displays of the city. Due to lack of funds, the museum was closed, and we did not pay for the entry fee of $2, and there was literally nothing inside to see. They do not know if, or when the museum may open again.

    Contemporary look of museum Arched side walkway Current in process display of some art for a show
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    Natural History Museum-Archaeological

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 27, 2010

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    This museum looked like it was not worth a view inside. From the windows, there are some archaeological items that can be seen, and a lot of the museum is of archived books and study manuals. Not too interesting for me. Entry is $4.

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    Rijeka Region Map

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 11, 2010

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    This may provide some perspective of what the location looks like from a map viewpoint. Finding you way down into the old part of the town, which really is the downtown metro area is the hard part. I also found getting around on E65 is not too bad and taking it to the downtown area is better than using the auto highway that then requires you to find a place to drop down to the main part of town.

    Layout of town and Hvarner Bay
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    Traditional & Daily Markets

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    The main market for shopping for locals is inside and outside the old iron frame buildings dating back to 1880. The builder/designer was I. Vauching, and the style was what was in demand for those times. In 2007, a fish market was added to the existing structure and it is now a popular place for locals to shop. Outside are a number of tent booths that have clothing and other attire items.
    The daily market is on Zrtava fatizma on the canal, and connects to the Fiumare and it is in a park, about two blocks north of the harbor. Locals come here for everyday items and flowers and garden plants.

    Daily market is located alongside the canal Ornate style of the old marketplace Meat market
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    Croatian Theater

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    The old theater on the site called Adamic Theatre was torn down and the this structure was built per the design of two Viennese architects; Fellner & Helmer who also designed Modello Palace across the street, both finished in 1885. Completion of the High Renaissance style of the outside makes it an elegant structure from afar. Light bulbs were part of the 1885 highlights-so to speak. In 1981, the building was modernized and upgraded to standards of the time. Interior is still Baroque style with ornate decorations

    View of the theater front Elaborate ornamented figures on the archway
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