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THE NICEST VIEW
At the end of Strossmayer Promenade before you get to the stairs down to the lower town there's a little terrace. From here you can take some nice pics of the typical lamps with the spires of Zagreb's churches in the background. It's also a nice spot at night here.
BAN'S COURT PALACE (BANSKI DVORI)
This place used to be the Ban's (Croatian vice-king) palace. It is the only building in Zagreb that was hit by rockets during the war in the 1990s. Back then it was the seat of Croatia's president Franjo Tuðman and the Yugoslav army tried to kill him. They didn't. You can see destroyed furniture from this bulding in the city museum.
OLD PHARMARCY (ALIGHIERI LJEKARNA)
OK let's leave the quiet place --- and go towards the quietest area of Zagreb - the upper town. Walk uphill and on your left side you will see the old pharmacy which has been there since the 14th century. It was founded in 1350, from 1399 it belonged to Nicolo Alighieri, great-grandson of Dante Alighieri.
Nowadays it got some competition though, there are pharmacies basically at every corner in Zagreb. At least it seemed like it, that green cross was everywhere I looked (a bit like the magenta ads ;)
UPPER TOWN (GORNJI GRAD)
What I really liked was to just stroll around the little streets of the upper town. I have no idea where I was and what I took pictures of here but I don't care. It's so peaceful up there and there are some beautiful yellow buildings and nice corners. I think you should do the same if you have a little time to spend. Don't worry, we will continue with our little walk soon and the next stops will bring us back down to the lower town.
MATIJA GUBEC'S HEAD
At the building at the corner of Markov Trg and Cirilometodska there's a head carved in stone at the edge. According to legend the guy looking at St. Mark's church is Matija Gubec, the leader of the peasant uprising against their feudal lords in 1573. Also according to legend he was executed right at Markov Trg.
The Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
I can't say anything about this part of the city! The whole thing is just great! St. Mark's church with the famous colored roof, St. Catherine's church, the Cathedral - everything is just beautiful. I use to go there to rest my soul sometimes... Just let the city take over you. Stroll down & up the streets, get lost, whatever! Just let yourself feel the touch, please.
Gornji grad - Banski dvori
Markov trg, St. Mark's Square, is the place where all the major governing institutions of Croatia have the seat. On the eastern side of the square is the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia, while on the western side (see the picture) is Banski dvori (Ban's Court Palace), a long Baroque one-storey building connecting with a palace , which used to be the seat of the Croatian viceroy.
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Do a tour of Zagreb with costumed guides!
This is the description of the tour:
-past and the present of Zagreb by passing through the streets of the Lower and Upper Town
- visit the famous arcades and sculptures of Mirogoj Park Cemetery
- enter inside the Zagreb Cathedral
- everyday lively atmosphere of Dolac Market.
You will be accompanied by celebrated personalities from Zagreb's past ý August ýenoa, a novelist, and Marija Juriý Zagorka, a novelist and the first Croatian lady-journalist.
- walk through the streets of the Upper Town
- to St. Mark's Church, a symbol of Zagreb
- to the best view of Zagreb from under the Lotrýýak Tower and
- to the Stone Gate where you light a candle.
Zagreb has Maksimir, the oldest public cultivated park in Europe and Archaeological Museum is proud to present the mummy with with the longest Etruscan epitaph, ...
The journey through Zagreb's heritage and tradition will be enriched by the unigue taste of pepper biscuits and a visit to the bidermayer interior of the old Upper Town Zagreb Cafý.
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Gornji Grad's (Upper Town's) most famous street is Tkalciceva, but don't miss the street that runs parallel to it a block to the west. Radiceva is also a lovely street lined with shops that slopes downward in the direction of Trg bana Jelacica, Zagreb's main square named after its famous 19th century governor.
Experience the atmosphere of the Upper Town
During my first visit to Zagreb I was interesting to explore historical core of Zagreb.
Upper town (Croatian: Gornji grad) is popular tourist attraction in Zagreb. Interesting is that this part of Zagreb under this name officially existed since 14 December 1999. According to Statute of City of Zagreb since then Gornji Grad, Kaptol. Šalata and Tuškanec and area around street Medvešćak was separate administrative unit.
This is beautiful area full of historical and cultural monuments. There is also very nice incorporated and spacious parks and lots of greenery that I like. It is vivid heart of modern capital.
It was somehow romantic walking around on those cobblestone paths even I was thinking about books of Maria Jurić Zagorka and Zagreb's witches. I think is great that they make touristic attraction with theme walking tours. And that is one of thematic tours that I find out from touristic brochures that I collect from hostel where I stay. How creative ideas you can find there. Even that old town atmosphere is enough to enjoy in your stay in Zagreb.
You could create and your independent walking tours. This is how I was doing: I enter from narrow path to Lotršćak tower and enjoy in panoramic view from top, then visit Museum of broken relationships and go to the famous St. Marks square and then trough Stone gate and popular Tkalča street return to the Ban Jelačić square.
Even it is one of main touristic attraction Upper Town is not overcrowded and it is unusually peaceful area. I think it would be great idea to experience its atmosphere in different seasons of the year.
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On the corner of the house at St. Ciril i Metod street, at number 8, there is the stone head of a man looking at St. Mark's Church. According to legend, this head represents Matija Gubec, the celebrated leader of the great peasant uprising against their feudal lords which was quelled in blood in 1573.
The legend has it that the peasant leader was executed right there on St. Mark's Square. Historians, however, have not yet reached agreement on the validity of this story.
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Zagreb's Upper Town, rising to the north of Ilica street, is where most of the city's medieval and other early landmarks are located. In the background of this photo, you can see the gaudily tiled roof of St. Mark's Church. This structure was orginally built in the 13th century, but various pieces date from every era right up through the 20th--the interior contains frescoes that come right out of 1950s Socialist Realism.
The neighborhood around St. Mark's is also home to the Croatian Parliament, the President's Palace, and other state buildings. One that we found very interesting on a weekend afternoon was the town hall, where a whole raft of couples were lined up to get married, one after another. Everyone had brought their families, photographers, and in a few cases, musicians--all of whom waited outside in the street for their respective brides and grooms to emerge from the civil ceremonies.
Visiting Gornji Grad
The old buildings, houses, churches and museums in the district known as the upper city (Gornji Grad) appear to have completely overcome all traces of the difficult war it experienced. St Mark’s Church with its tile-covered roof is a special surprise waiting here for tourists. Other important tourist sites in Zagreb include the Parliament Building, the National Museum of Fine Arts, and a museum that was converted from the house and workshop owned by the famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Meštrovic.
Walking Streets Of Zagreb
I always like to walk the streets of any city or town i visit, you just walk in a set direction always keeping in mind that you have to get back to your hotel. Write down the name and address of your hotel in case you get lost which can be a problem if you cannot speak the language and cannot remember the hotel's address. It is a good method of getting the feel of a city , how the people live and more often than not you wander into areas off the tourist track and see the real life of the city. Wandering through the upper town I found the buildings to be in good condition, sometimes colourful, some nice cafes and restaurants etc.
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The Upper Town - Croatian Institute of Hiestory
Hrvatski Institut za Povijest (Croatian Institute of History) is located in a magnificent palace in Opaticka street. The palace was built in 1840 for family Vojkffy-Paravic in classicist style. Palace was remodeled in 1891 to designes by Herman Bolle, who has kept the main elements of the original style in which it was built. The interior of the building was decorated by famous Croatian painters, such as Vlaho Bukovac, Celestin Medovic, Oton Ivekovic, and sculptors Robert Franges Mihanovic and Rudolf Valdec. This unique building with a rich history boasts three very representative halls. Iron fence around the palace was forged in the School of Crafts in Zagreb.
Today the palace is used for the organization of scientific meetings and concerts of classical music.
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