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    HNK I. pl. Zajc
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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.

    View of the main entrance
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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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    Palace of Justice

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    The building was constructed in 1904 by a Hungarian architect named Stigler. His theme was to make it look like a monument to Hungarian history and elevated the building off a base of old rough cut stones. The grand staircase in the front is another monument of presenting elegant style to stand out. For centuries this site was a castle/fortress of the military Captain of Rijeka and was torn down in late 1800's.

    Front with the staircase Wedged into adjacent buildings Decorative crest above door
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    Church of Assumption Blessed Mary- Leaning Tower

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    For centuries it was named Vela Crikva-or the big church because it was at the time. It was built in the Middle Ages, and in 1442 the three nave church was modified so the main nave was elevated. Venetians ruined some of the church in 1506 and it was not until 1821 that this was repaired. In 1716 a sanctuary was added. The bell tower leans 43 centimeters; so the name "leaning". The tower was added in the 14th century, and maybe built in 1377 per an inscription. The Gothic style belfry was added in 1400's. The tower has a separate entrance from the church. Inside is art pieces form the 1600-1700's ordaining the alters.

    Front door of the church Looking up to the bell tower Rosette window from 1516
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    St Nicholas Church

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    This Serb Orthodox church is just off the Corso about one block. It is difficult to see until you are right up to it. It is on Henckea street who was the architect.
    The legend states that the Governor of Riejka was upset at Orthodox demands to build a church so he threw a stone in the sea far from the existing water line, and said build there. In the 1700's land was filled in, said by the Serbs per the legend, and the site is now two blocks from the harbor. The style is Baroque for this church built in 1790. Inside is 18th century iconic art works of Orthodox origin.

    Close up on the street Looking up to the church top
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    St. Vitus Cathedral

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    This is the site of an older church and dedicated to the patron saint of the city. A legend states that a person who lost gambling threw a stone at the Crucifix that was a part of the older church, and it began to bleed. So this is now the iconic anchor to the church. Inside is huge columns and arches that support them, and multicolor alters in Gothic and Baroque style. The building be Jesuits on this church started in 1638, and it took 100 years to complete for this unique Baroque architecture. The church did not become a Cathedral until 1969, when Jesuits were persuaded to change because the city was now the center of the diocese. The Jesuit college and seminary were torn down between the WWI and WWII.

    Front entry to the church Looking from backside of complex Bell tower Church looking from Grivica street
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