Donji grad - the Lower Town, Zagreb

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    Wander around the Lower Town

    by Odiseya Updated Mar 7, 2015

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    I think that area of Lower Town is just incredible and surreal in its composition and content. This is part of Zagreb that you see first after your arriving by train. This area is such a touristic treat and great way to make a good impression for tourists.

    The Lower Town (Croatian: Donji grad) is central part of Zagreb. It is cultural core of City.

    In contrary with the Upper Town this area is flat. It is also very elegant part of Zagreb. I think it is predominately created in the late 19th century.

    The Lower Town spreads out between street Ilica and the River Sava. Precisally, Lower Town covers area between Kvaternik square and Heinzel street on East to the streets of the Republic of Austria on the west, and from Ilica street, Ban Josip Jelacic square, Jurisic and Vlaska streets. On south is main train station (Croatian: Zagrebački glavni kolodvor). To the north it borders with the neighborhood Gornji grad - Medveščak, in the east with Maksimir and Pescenica - Zitnjak, in the south with Trnje, and in the west with Tresnjevka - North and Crnomerec. Like the Upper Town this part of Zagreb exist under this name officially since 14 December 1999.

    Popular for its museums, parks and squares the Lower Town is real cultural heart of Zagreb. Most of public celebrations and many manifestations and cultural events held in this part of Zagreb.

    The Lower Town
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    The Green Horseshoe Prong Two

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 2, 2014

    The other prong of the green horseshoe stretches from the state archives - a beautiful building with owls on its roof. This is on Trg Marka Marulica. The green area also covers Trg Antuna, Ivana i Vladimir Mazranica and Trg Marsala Tita with its lovely Croation National Theatre.

    Roof of State Archives. State Archives Croatian National Theatre. Croatian National Theatre.
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    The Green Horseshoe

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 2, 2014

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    Zagreb is a city with lots of greenery even right in the city centre. One prong of the so-called green horseshoe stretches from Zagreb Railway Station past the Trg Kralji Tomislava, the art pavillion, the Trg JJ Strossmayera to the Trg Nikole Subica Zrinskog.

    Near the railway station there is a statue of King Tomislava sitting on his horse. The art pavillion is a very attractive bright yellow building. This area also has statues and fountains. There are plenty of seats here to relax on in the shade.

    Both sides of this green area are lined with beautiful buildings with ornate facades.

    Railway Station and king Tomislava Statue The Art Pavillion. The Art Pavillion. Sculpture. The Green Horseshoe Area.
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    The Botanic Gardens

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 2, 2014

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    These beautiful gardens form part of Zagreb's green horseshoe area. They are free entry and have beautiful turtle filled ponds and beautiful water-lily filled ponds. I love plants and thought the gardens were a lovely, peaceful place for a seat or a stroll.

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    The Evangelistic Community of Zagreb

    by croisbeauty Written Aug 26, 2011

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    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.

    Evangelistic Community of Zagreb

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    The former University Library Building

    by acemj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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!).

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    Tkalciceva Street Caffe Shop

    by bagediya Written Feb 20, 2009

    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.

    IVICA I MARICA
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    Oktagon

    by yumyum Written May 6, 2007

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    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.

    roof of the Oktagon passage

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    Trg Petra Preradovica

    by graeme83 Written Feb 25, 2007

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    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.

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    Colour in City Square

    by Mikebb Updated Jun 16, 2006

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    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.

    Baloon Seller in City Square
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    Ilica shopping experience

    by s583 Written May 1, 2006

    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.

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    Donji grad - Pravoslavna crkva

    by croisbeauty Written Jan 7, 2006

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    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.

    Cvjetni trg Monument of Petar Preradovic the stone pulpit

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    Donji grad - Oktogon

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 3, 2006

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    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.

    Oktogon Oktogon
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    One of my favorites...

    by polardabar Updated Nov 16, 2005

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    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 so-called Džamija
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    Around Lower Town (Donji Grad)

    by polardabar Updated Nov 16, 2005

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    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...

    Ban Jelačić square
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