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  • HNK I. pl. Zajc
    HNK I. pl. Zajc
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    Staute of Zajc and park behind
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    Maritme and Historical Museum-Governors Palace

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    This was the Governor's Palace for the Hungarian Crown of St. Stephan. Hungary got control of Croat region in 1868 under a deal with Austria known as the "Rijeka Patch". The structure was the design of Alohos Haussman who lived in Budapest, and was completed in 1893 The interior was, therefore elegant. It has atriums, salons, and marble halls besides the grand staircase that leads u to the main large hall. TRhey have yard art of torpedoes and other unidentifiable things
    Now it is the Maritime and History Museum. Due to lack of funds, the museum is closed and may not open in 2010. They were not sure yet unless someone finds funds to pay the overhead. The unfortunate part is the attendant took our $3 each before he proceeded to tell us that. That is ugly, and I suspect he was trying to get those fund out of deceit. WE got to go to the bathroom, and see the main hall and got "shagged out"

    Governor's Palace front Grand hall area & staircase One rack of weapons is all on show Up Frana Suplia street from main square What is it? a torpedo?
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    Korso Avenue-Walking and Architecture

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    There are hundreds of people going back and forth along the 3 block stretch, and all seem to be going somewhere on a mission. I took some time to take pics of the nice buildings along the way. There are many art deco style from the late 1800's along the strip, and some more known of Ploece Palace as one.

    Main corso people traffic Stiars leading off corso to Ivan Kobleras Too BAd the Name was added to detract Elaborate Facade on this building Statues adorn the buildings
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    Trsat Steps

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    You need some exercise, so try this. It is 561 steps up to the Trsat Castle and the town. It is 138 meters up to the town of Trsat, and most is the steps. The views are great along the way, and you literally walk through the back yards of homes on either side of the steps up the hill. The pligrims going to OUr Lady of Trsat for miracle salvation, go up the steps on their knees. Think of that before saying it is too hard.
    The place to enter the steps is at Titov Trg which is at the Rjecina river/canal and a couple of blocks up the Fiumara form the Korso street. The arch is hard to find unless you are looking. WE came down about 250 winding steps from the Governor's Palace area and meandered down until hit ground level again.

    It is as steep as it looks, but nice views Micky going down the steps Ornate monument at step entry
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    Our Lady of Trsat and Fanciscan Monastaery

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    This has been a mecca for pilgrimage for about 700 years. A traditional story is the Crusaders were taking Mary's house from Nazareth to Loretto in 1291, and stopped her for a rest. They rested for three years here with the sacred house. It then moved on to Loretto in 1294. The Frankopans renovated the church in 1641 to give it the current day look. Pilgrimages started shortly after in the early 13th century to see the miracle of what the Crusaders brought through the town. They climb the 561 steps that were built by Peter Kruzic in 1531--on their knees. WOW must be raw.

    This has been a site of a sanctuary since the 7th century. The church has two naves and is a mix of many architectural styles, including Renaissance, and Baroque. There is a treasury inside that holds reliquaries and religious articles. Inside there are a number of religious paintings, and a 14th century icon of Our Lady. In 1397 Pope Urban V presented the church a gift of the icon of OUr Lady that came from Loretto. St. George church was built by the Frankopans in the 13th century, with alters to commemorate the saint and others. The Polish Pope John of came here during his reign.
    The complex is right in the middle of the town and cafes on the corners.

    Front of the church Bell tower on the side of church Main alter of church Icon of angel St. George Church on the way to the fort
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    Trsat Castle

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    The hill was a fortress of some sort since early Ad with the Illyrians in the community. The castle on the hill has been a defensive point and strategic location to protect the city since the 1200's. The Frankopans that controlled KRK Island back then. Later the Baker, near Krk improved and expanded the fort, and then the Austrians got control here in 1466, and set up more defenses. An earthquake destroyed much of the fortress in 1750. Luval Nugent, an admiral in Austrian Navy bought is and reconstructed the fort so he could use as a living quarter when retired.
    The whole hilltop used to be part of the castle and living for the people. Now it has a Franciscan church and monastery complex, Church of St. Mary, and numerous restaurants and shops on the hilltop.
    Admission is free and the gift shop and restaurant inside are usually open. There is not much to see inside. It was quite a disappointment after walking 561 steps to get inside and see bare walls, and only one small museum of the family founders for a fee of about $5, and I mean small

    Trsat on the top Wall along the slope Defensive turret inside Entry to the castle Defense tower in the town
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    Dominican Monastery of St. Jerome-Municipal Palace

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 9, 2010

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    The elegant late Baroque facade is the east wing of the Munical Palaceof the overall complex. Next to it is the monastery quarters. The monastery was founded in the 1300's and the monastery construction started in 1315 and finished in 1408. The church of St. Jerome housed the family vaults of influential Rijeka leader/feudal lords,, and was completed in 1363. Augustian monks parted form the Dominican sect in 1788. Damage from the 1750 earthquake caused rework as one of many over the years. There still are numerous vaults inside the church of aristocrats and leaders of Rijeka.
    In 1833, the town administration decide to move, and the Augustinian wing of the monastery was open, so they took the building and renovated it over years. About 1873, they planned a reconstruction took place to match the facade of St. Jerome as much as possible.

    Front of St. Jerome church Inside main nave Close up of chandelier and nave Side sanctuary for prayer Monastery complex next to church
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    Capuchin Church of OUr Lady of Lourdes

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 9, 2010

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    The red and white brick make this monument stand out, assisted by the two sweeping staircases leading to the main part of the church. Construction started in 1904, and the main level was complete four years later. They were running out of money so the cunning elders got an idea to have a miracle saint that spews blood. The people contributed to this miracle event, and the top level got completed in 1929. The saint ended up in jail later.
    The head of Capuchin monastery wanted to compete with Our Lady of Trsat that already had a miracle in Mary's house/nazrereth. Superior Skrivanic was the man who wanted this church built, and the Gothic theme contrasted others in the region at the time. It never got the total complex done because a bell tower was to be added.

    Front of church on Zabica Square Inside of the main alter Stained glass windows Alter decor
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    Modello Palace

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 9, 2010

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    The architects of this palace were Helmer & Feliner, and the building was completed at the same time as the Croatian National theater across the street. It is called Neo-Rennaissance with on one side Neo-Baroque style. The goal was to imitate the great buildings of Vienna which had many art deco style buildings from that era. We did not go inside (regret it now) and it is a library as well as communal meeting area. The inside is said to be as elegant as outside with abundant decorations and stuccos in the ceremonial hall

    View on the Riva Close up of the decoration art Numerous & cast sculpted motifs
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    Clock Tower

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 9, 2010

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    Locally named Gradski toranj-I learned some Hrvatski-, this is a stand out on the Korso, which is the main avenue for shopping, strolling, and site seeing. It was originally a gate from the sea into the old town. It has a crest (brown) of the double headed eagles holding an urn of flowing water, the symbol of Austria, and also figures of Leopold, and Charles VI, two famed people of Austria that contributed to Croatian and salvation from intruders. The top portion is dated back to the 17th century, even though been reworked many times; the last in 19th century. The tower has several Baroque style features form various time

    View of the clock tower on Korso Close up view of clock tower Walkway to the Korso from Trg Ivana Koblera

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    City Gates

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 9, 2010

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    The oldest gateway is the Roman arch, somewhat hidden in a narrow street by the Trg Ivana Kobtera where the town hall and old ruins are located. It is believed to have been the main gate to the Preatorian palace back in the old days, and not a magnificent design. The other gate is going under the clock tower to the same trg

    GAteway under the clock tower
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    Mrtvi Kanal-Dead Canal

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 9, 2010

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    The canal is called "Dead Kanal" I presume because of the memorial to Croatians who lost their lives in the wars. This is a river that starts up in the hills and runs swiftly down to the harbor. Back in between WWI and WWII, this was the border dividing line of Italy and Yugoslavia. There are four vehicles bridges that span the canal and one pedestrian bridge.
    That bridge is called Memorial Bridge and was constructed in 2001, with a memorial to Croatian soldiers that left the port here to go fight in WWI. the stone memorial standing on the bridge is a site to behold. The bridge looks serene and simple in appearance; quite placid in the day, and at night it is lit by LED lights that reflects the water wonder. The bridge is 150 feet long and had the memorial slab driven into the ground at one end. The cost of the bridge in 2001 was $1,000,000.

    Winding canal through the city Canal goes alongside warehouses and palaces Swift running water Bridge over the canal Memorial Bridge over the canal
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    HNK Ivan pl. Zajc

    by cro_gavran Written Jul 30, 2008

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    National theatre in Rijeka is work of Fellner and Helmer, Viennese architectural studio specialising in theatre design. HNK was opened in 1885, and still is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Few years ago, park in front of the theatre was rebuilt in its original look as it was when the theatre was built. Of course, we still have to wait to see it in perfect look, because trees still have to grow.

    HNK I. pl. Zajc HNK I. pl. Zajc Staute of Zajc and park behind
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    Fountains

    by cro_gavran Written Jul 15, 2008

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    Rijeka has and had large number of fountains. Before, they used springs under the city until the water system was built. Unfortunately, today many of those old fountains don't exist any more, but in recent years some interesting fountains have been built that give the city a pleasant character.

    The Jadranski trg fountain

    Two squarish, hexagonal structures in pink marble form makes place for rest and chat for many of the locals, but also tourists. For some skateboarders fountain is special attraction

    The Kawasaki fountain

    This fountain presents friendship between Rijeka and Kawasaki, city in Japan. A sculpture of two children and a bird was a gift from Japan in 1988. and become enduring symbol of friendship. This fountain is favourite meeting point for youngsters.

    The Korzo fountain

    Made in 1996, this is modern sculpture shaped like a silver cylinder quietly brimming over with water with the small source in the centre.

    The Public Drinking fountain

    Near the railway station this conical drinking fountain with its constant flow of water was built in 1997. to provide thirsty travelers with a cool refreshing drinks. It stands on the way from railway station to the bus station/sea port so many travelers really use it. On the same place was before old similar fountain from 1873.

    Old paper millstones

    Symbol of conection between Rijeka's industrial heritage and water. Two milestones with their original machinery which was once used in the city first paper mill, stands in the centre. Its on the Kobler square and from the fountain you have perfect view on the Zuta ura tower from the back.

    Jadranski trg fountain Kawasaki fountain Korzo fountain old paper millstones fountain
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    The Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes

    by cro_gavran Written Jul 15, 2008

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    The Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (Kapucinska crkva Gospa Lurdska) is grand neo gothic church whose building started in 1904. Church was completed 1929. but never got bell tower originally planned.

    Kapucinska crkva Gospa Lurdska The Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
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    Mrtvi kanal and bridge of Croatian defenders

    by cro_gavran Written Jul 7, 2008

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    Mrtvi kanal (dead channel) is old part of delta of river Rjecina, now transformed into place for little boats of people from Rijeka.
    It is also historical border between Rijeka (Italian, Hungarian and other) city and Susak (Croatian) city which are now gathered in one city and one country.
    Over the channel there is bridge of Croatian defenders, rewarded for its look and design by magazine The Arhitectural Review and D-Line designer company.

    Mrtvi kanal and bridge of Croatian defenders
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