To be honest, I don't know much about the Evangelists and have never entered into this church, although have passed by so many times. It is situated in the center of the city, very close to Croatian National Theatre.
The church was constructed at the end of the 19th century, following the plans of architects Schmidt and Hermann Bolle. It is very pitoresque, made completely of red brick, and is part of the city recognizable sights.
Originally this building was for the National and University Library, but now it houses the State Archives. It is widely considered to be the best Art Nouveau building in Croatia, built by Rudolf Lubynski between 1910 and 1913 (thanks for the information, Niksa!).
Tkalciceva street is full of small restaurants,caffes and bars. You can take a break during your tour. You should taste the delicious desert of "Ivica i Marica " ( 2nd photo ) All their products are hand made and using brown sugar.
This is a beautiful shopping passage right in the center of Zagreb. It houses lots of expensive shops like one for ties (kravats) which were originally coming from here after the French soldiers who had tied some cloth around their necks.
During the day this square is full of people and bars. Contained within the square is a statue of the poet Petra Preradovica. Behind this statue lies the Orthodox Church of the Holy Transfiguration of the Lord.
Walking through the streets of the lower town as evening approached we came across this lone baloon seller hoping for that final sale for the day. Everyone else had closed up and headed home because it was Saturday evening.
Ilica pronounced as "I-li-sa" is a very long street with shops dotted along its meander. Having been in Milan the week before, the Ilica pales in comparison with the OTT experience of Milan. While Monte Napoleano appears rich, classy and in your face, the Ilica is more your run of the mill shopping experience with Marks and Spencer, Continental fashion chains like Benetton, Esprit, Mango and of course Croatian departmental stores.
Serbian Orthodox Church was built in 1864 and stands on the one of the most beautiful city squares, Cvijetni trg, which is situated right in the heart of the town. Actually, the square is named after poet Petar Preradovic, but great majority of the locals call it colloguialy Cvijetni trg (The Flowers Square). The interiors of the church is under major reconstructions now and the works will last at least one year.
I took this pictures on January 6, 2006 in occasion of Orthodox Christmas.
Oktogon (octagonal) is a kind of "L" - shaped gallery which conects two of the most bussiest city squares; Trg Bana Josipa Jelacica and Cvjetni trg. It was pretty much neglected, but nowadays the old glory is coming back again. Here you can buy "kravata" (tie) Croata, world wide famous product which is originaly Croatian.
The ex mosque, which is now exhibition friendly is a perfect spot for having a beer with my buddies & chilling... I used to spend a lot of time there, under those lights & around all those skaters.
A while ago there was an exhibition with the best National Geographic photos that was going all around the world & evidently stopped in Zagreb for a while. With its circular inside, the mosque was an extremely appropriate exhibition space. And the photography was amazing, of course.
There was also a period of time when parties were held inside, right around the beginning of the trance music era, so beginning of the nineties I'd say...
The best way to see the Lower Town is by foot. It is easily accessible & you can visit numerous museum & galleries, have a drink or sit in a park. The Art Pavilion, the Strossmayer Gallery & the Archaeological Museum are just some of those you can visit. Last time I was in the Archaeological Museum (since I'm a scientist, hehe...) there was an exhibition about the Vučedol calendar (Vučedol is near Vukovar & is well-known as an archaeological digging-site). Anyway, that calendar has been found a coupld of years years ago & is estimated to be the oldest calendar in Europe - even older than Stonehenge! I'm not sure if the exhibition is held there, but you should be able to find the calendar somewhere...
Ilica is the longest & probably the most famous street in Zagreb! It's filled with all kinds of different shops, from typical Croatian souvenir shops to candy shops, Benetton, Mexx aso. I guess you could say it makes a paradise for shoppers! ;) You can enjoy ice cream & cake in the best pastry shop in the city called Vincek [the address is Ilica 18], grab a drink in one of numerous nearby bars or simply take a walk along [a portion of] this street that goes all the way to the western suburbs!
Since I started working in a shop there, I've been seeing it in a completely different light... You just start feeling like a tiny part of the city life, passing there a hunderd times a day, greeting all the people, going through the crowd...
Trg is Croatian for square and there are many of them in the city. Though not always made up of four sides of equal length, these are almost always home to famous landmarks or sculptures.
Trg Ante Starcevica (Croatian politician from the first half of 20th century) is home of Regent-Esplanade, the most beautiful hotel in Zagreb and fine neo-classical buildings, which gives you Vienna impression.
But let's walk back towards the main square. There's some more spots around there that we shouldn't miss. One of my favourites was Oktogon - an old stylish shopping gallery with a nice "main square". Unfortunately it was still covered in scaffolding when I was there so all I see was the main square with it's nice roof and some shop windows.
Not far from the main square there's another highlight of Zagreb. The statue of Croatian poet August Senoa leaning against an advertising pillar must be one of the most beautiful statues in the city. He was born in the same street (Branjugova), which is a beautiful street full of old houses by the way.