Umjetnicki paviljon, the Art Pavillion, in front of which stands the statue of famous Croatian Renaissance artist Andrija Medulic made by Ivan Mestrovic, is an exibition hall where the major and most important exibitions take place.
This are very recent pics of the Art Pavillion, snaped on May 22nd, 2013., the building is finally completelly restaurated after several years of hard workings and looks magnificent.
Fondest memory: On the rear side of the pavillion, in its ground floor, there is one of the best restaurants in Zagreb.
The Stone Gate is one of the city emblems and place where the story of so-called Upper Town begins. It used to be a part of the city walls, built most probably in 1266, that once stood around the old town. At that times The Stone Gate displayed a painting of the Mother of God.
According to legend, a great fire consumed all the wooden elements of the gate in 1731, except for the painting of the Blessed Virgin and Child, which was found in the ashes, miraculously undamaged. This legend inspired a belief in the miraculous nature of the painting, and in order to commemorate the event gratefull citizens built a small chapel within the arch of the gate, which still houses the miraculously saved paintings. Since that time this small chapel become a place of worship and the biggest shrine of the town. Chapel is regularly visited by the locals who come to light a candle and thank the Lady for protecting them.
Fondest memory: Since 1991 Mother of God of the Stone Gate is the patron saint of Zagreb.
The Stone Gate is easily accessible from the main square, by Radiceva street up some 300m and there is Trg Brace Hrvatskog Zmaja where the monument of St. George is situated.
Braca Hrvatskog Zmaja (The Knights Order of the Dragon) was first founded in 1408 by Croato-Ungarin King Sigismund, under the name of Ordo Equestris Dragonis. This secret organisation, which members could have been Croats of noble origins, had in its beginning the one purpose only, to defend catholicism against pagans, schismatics and enemies of the faith. During centuries though it transformed into historical and cultural society. The seat of the society is at the first floor of the tower above Kamenita vrata (The Stone Gate).
After long period of silence, the society was re-established in 1905, and in ocasion of the 90th anniversary this small square in front of the Stone Gate was named Trg Brace Hrvatskog Zmaja.
Fondest memory: The equestrian statue of St. George is work of Austrian sculptors A. Kompatscher and A. Winder. and it shows St. George after his fight with dragon. The statue was originally located in Mallnitz, Austria, in front of Villa Liebermann and in 1937 was given as a gift to Croatatian Duke Ivan Mazuranic. The statue was located in Villa Mazuranic until 1994 and since that time is located at the new place in fron of the Stone Gate.
Many well worth seeing statues can be found in and around the city centre of Zagreb. The most famous is probably the horse statue at the Jelacic Square.
Other interesting statues include August Senoa leaning against an advertisement pillar (at the corner of Vlaska and J. Branjug Street) or St. George on a horse (near Kamenita vrata). Many more can be seen all around the town, so just keep your eyes open, when wandering around the town.
As it gets dark relatively early in Zagreb, you shouldn't miss a stroll around the town in darkness. Some historical buildings and squares of Zagreb are beautifully illuminated at night.
Among them is the Jelacic Square, the Croatian National Theatre and the Fortification Towers near the cathedral (For more night shots, please have a look at my travelogue "Zagreb by night").
The column of the Holy Mary stands in the middle of the Kaptol Square, right in front of the Cathedral. In the lower part of the column there are sculptures and the fountain.
It is work of Antun Dominik Fernkom from 1865, while the fountain is designed by Herman Bolle in 1880.
Fondest memory: I'll tell you the little secret; this is the most refreshing sight of the town in the hot summer days and nights. The gentle breeze blows constantly from the direction of north, where the Sljeme Hill is situated. Ceck it when in Zagreb.
The Square of Ivan Subic Zrinjski, coloquially called Zrinjevac, close the northern part of the Lenuci green horseshoe. It is one of the most favorite pedestrian areas of the city, especially in the sunny Winter days.
Other citizens of Zagreb like it better in the Spring or Summer, when big platanas create refreshing shadow.
This is Jarun, one of the youngest residential areas in Zagreb. Buildings are not too big, but still quite spacy, surrounded by lots of greens and trees. There is a big lake nearby, which is in fact a heart of Jarun area, today a popular resort for not only for people from Zagreb but for our dear visitors as well! Please check other tips here and you will see that I have been mentioning Jarun many times!
Fondest memory: You will find a lot of Jarun pictures on my pages...no wonder cos Jarun is my favorite place to be when I am home, and whenever possible, I am using one of its many recreational resources, during all four seasons! Jarun has lately become a favorite destionation, not only for Zagreb residents but also for the people from the other areas and places. Unfortunaly thus has Jarun become a bit too crowded but the city has recently started to renovate another recreational park of which I will report separately! :-)
The monumental building of the Croatian National Theatre is the central building on Marshal Tito Square. It was built in 1894/95 according to the designs of famous Viennese architects, Hellmer and Fellner.
Fondest memory: The Marsal Tito Square is probably the most beautiful square in the town. Besides the theatre, here are situated Art and Craft Museum, The University and a few other representative palaces.
The very same spot in a different season. This picture was taken in the first week of January 2003, Zagreb was covered by the snow.
Fondest memory: We use to say "beli Zagreb grad" (the White Zagreb) for our town. That nickname dates from the begining of the 20th century and was given because of the white coloured facades of the houses. Nowadays, it nickname suits to the town only when covered by the snow.
The Meteorological Column, designed by the architect Herman Bolle, stands in the northern side of the Park Zrinjevac.
Fondest memory: Most of the citizens, when passing by, stop for a moment to observe the weather conditions, especially if the current waeather conditions are bad.
See the night-time picture of Bana Josipa Jelacica Square. The picture was taken at 2 past midnight.
At any time of the night you can meet some people here, mostly weaiting for the late tram and reach their home.
In the hot summer nights you can seat here sipping your buse if any left and waiting the day light to appears.
Favorite thing: The beautiful cemetary a little bit up the hill, it's something you should definately see. Built in the 19th century, its arcades and unique atmosphere is something you'll love to see. Although it's not the oldest cemetary in the country, you'll enjoy the experience. Likewise, it's the final resting place of many croatian historic personalities, such as the first president of Croatia Franjo Tudman, the famous basketball player Drazen Petrovic etc.
The main altar of marble designed by Hermann Bolle.
In the sanctuary is a conciliar altar with a silver antependium, dated 1721, and 4 silver reliquaries in the form of a pyramid, dated 1738, the work of the Maribor goldsmith I. Reiman.
The stained glass windows were manufactured in Munich in 1846-1847. In the center is the Assumption of Mary, for which the Cathedral is named.
...but aparently people in Zagreb, and in Croatia in general, are "mad" about Serbian folk music.
I wish the days when clubs as "Kulusic" and others in Zagreb, just like SKC in Belgrade, were working well are back.
Till then we'll just have to deal with these horrible consequences of war.
Turbo-Folk here we come!!!!! ;o)