The architecture of the town, Zagreb
Zagreb has numerous architectural interesting sights and buildings. Among the most famous are the two Neo-Gothic bell towers, the Romanesque Lotrscak Tower or the several architectural styles of the buildings surrounding Jelacic Square.
Also near the train station a few more interesting buildings can be found. Among them is the Art-Nouveau style Hotel Esplanade (1925) as well as the main building of the Croatian Railway Hrvatske Zeljeznice (1903).
The magnificent string of eight parks of Donji grad (the Lower Town) make up "Lenuzzijevu zelenu potkovu" (Lenuzi's green horseshoe), which is the most valuable and original contribution of urban-planing carried out at the end of the 19th century.
Fondest memory: Tomislavov Trg (the King Tomisla Square) is the first impression of Zagreb to all those who arriving by train. The moment a visitor is stepping out of the Railway Station, the city of Zagreb is starting its seductive game offering view at own "stomach". For most of the visitors it is love at first sight.
Favorite thing: There is so much to be discovered and it takes time and take the time for the details. It's well worth it. I recommend a minium stay of 3 full days in this pleasant city. Take comfortable walking shoes and sun protection with you and go out exploring.
Favorite thing: Zagreb's been making quite a bit of noise during these last couple of months spreading & growing... The new-to-be highest building is being built [I think they should be done quite soon actually], there are plans for whole complexes along the river Sava, the new Modern Art Museum - everything's roaring, dusty & crazy... We'll see what comes out of it all, but let's hope for the best... ;)
When you go around Zagreb (by foot, bike, tram - whatever), please do me a favor! Look up! There are so many amazing balconies, façades, windows, roofs etc. I often lift my head up to see something new & amazing & I've lived here my whole life! So, be smart & explore the world above your haircut! You'll like it! :)
Fondest memory: I took this photo of this great house with an even greater balcony a friend of mine showed me! Sometimes we sit on a bench right across that house & simply stare... It's located on the eastern side of King Tomislav square. Doesn't it look fabulous?! :)
Petra Preradovica Square is locally called Cvjetni trg (the Flower Market) due to the colourful flowers displayed on the stalls and filling the air with their sweet small.
A notable feature of this square is the statue of the Croatian poet and romanticist Petar Preradovic. Here stands the lovely building of the Orthodox Church of the Holy Transfiguration of the Lord.
Fondest memory: It is a great tradition in Zagreb to gift away the flowers. One do it in various occasions; birthdays, holidays, when visiting friends, but most of all, to the sweathearts. When in Zagreb, be as we are, buy a rose to your love.
The square was named after Ante Starcevic, Croatian politician from the first half of the 19th century who was considered as "the father of the country".
On the northern side of the square there is the City Library, which has a fine collection of books.
Ilica is the longest street in Zagreb, almost several kilometres, which leads towards the western suburbs of the town. The street is full of shops, cafes, restaurants and various buildings dating from the turn of the last century.
Fondest memory: Ilica is also one of the favorite pedestrian of the town, ecpecially the section from Trg J.Jelacica to Britanski trg.
This Neo-Renaissance palace at number 11 on Nikola Subic Zrinski Square was built at the end of the 19th century, and is the seat of Hrvatska Akademija Znanosti i Umjetnosti, the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences.
On the second floor of the building are the exhibition rooms of the Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters. The founding of this gallery was initiated by the Bishop of Djakovo with a donation in 1884.
The collection primarily includes paintings by Italian masters, but there are also masterpieces by El Greco, Goya, Durer, Corrot, Coubert and others.
See the western side of the King Tomislav Square with neo-Classical and Secessionist buldings and palaces.
Fondest memory: This is the fisrt impression of Zagreb you'll have when ariving here by the train, because the train station is situated right opposite to the monument.
Favorite thing: Tall, slim and elegant, Cibona glass tower self-effacingly reflects its surroundings, yet its sophisticated beauty cannot go unnoticed. One of the well known symbols of Zagreb, it's actually an office building in Savska Street designed in mid 80's. Needless to say, it's one of my very favourite buildings in Zagreb and as I work near, I get to admire it every day on my way to the office.
Favorite thing: Zagreb is full of the impressive architecture that old European capitals are known for, so why don't more people visit? Hmmm. I have no idea why it's not a more popular place. From the church steeples of the Upper Town to the Habsburg-era masterpieces of the Lower Town, Zagreb is blessed with great buildings. This is a photo of the Arts Pavilion (Umjetnicki paviljon) in Strossmayerov trg, a square between the train station and the city's main square, Trg bana Jelacica.
Is this a beautiful building? Well, VTer diocletianvs (Niksa) sure thinks so. Boris (croisbeauty), Zdenka (Nykaenen) and I might have a different opinion of this abandoned "skyscraper" located in the city's main square Trg bana Jelacica, but I guess that's okay. We all have different opinions, styles and ideas and, in a large part, that's what makes the world a beautiful place and makes us want to travel and explore these differences. So, I guess the fact that there is a touch of the modern right in the middle of such an architecturally impressive square is another example of the diversity that makes the world beautiful.
Nah . . . let's face it! The building is UGLY! :-)
I really had a great time in Zagreb where I spent almost all of my time with Niksa and Boris (and had the world's shortest VT meeting with VTer Nykaenen too . . . the best three minutes of my whole trip, Zdenka!).
It was hilarious to me to walk around and get differing opinions about things. Boris and Niksa both know their city extremely well and rarely will they dispute facts. However, it was fun to hear two opinions on styles and tastes and on what's the best place in town to get this or that. When asking them about some things about Zagreb, I often heard the phrase, "it can be problematic" and somehow this became a funny catchphrase for my whole trip!
Here is another photo of a "beautiful" modern building dedicated to Niksa!!
I like the architecture here on the Zagreb City Library.
This is from a period when people were proud of what they were building and even put its "birthdate" on the front.
Here you can see the Roman Numerals:
I believe that would translate into 1903, correct me if I am mistaken.