I've been to Zagreb, the Capital of Croatia when it was still part of Yugoslavia and went back years later to see the great advance of this Imperial City as the Capital of an Independent Country.
This is an important European Capital of close to one million inhabitants. When you visit this glorious city you bring back memories of Budapest, Prague and Vienna that where part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Croatia covers practically all the Dalmatian Coast on the Adriatic Sea all the way to the border with Montenegro, another one of the former republics.
The Croatian National Theater in Zagreb
A Central European Capital
Being strategically located in Central Europe it can be accessed by train, by bus, by plane or private car at any moment from any of the neighboring countries.
This city is best visited by walking and more walking.
This is the way my wife and I like to visit a city.
The city is divided into two:
Upper Town of Gornji Grad home to monuments, churches, theaters and cinemas, restaurants.
Lower Town or Donji Grad home to parks, museums and shopping.
Croatian National Theater
This building and the surrounding ones are a typical representation of the neo-baroque style of Zagreb. Completed in 1895 under the auspices of Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I, it was designed by the famous Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer.
It is Zagreb’s most elegant building it is a source of pride to the citizens of Zagreb in particular and the the Croatian People in general.
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Katedrala Marijina Uznesenja and it’s the most visited spot in Zagreb and was built and rebuilt since ancient times. It has maintained the medieval style.
Aerial View of the Upper Town of Gornji Grad
St Marks Church
Crkva Svetog Marka as it is called in Croatian has a distinctive roof design depicting the coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia, Savonia and Zagreb. Since the beginning ion the 11th Century it has gone through many renovations.
The statues of the the twelve apostles welcome you at the entrance including those of Jesus, Maria and Mark. The interior features frescoes by Jozo Kljakovic and sculptures by famous Croatian artist Ivan Mestrovic.
Aerial View of the Capital of Croatia
Zagreb is full of Attractions for the visitor
This is a perfect place to spend the day and evening with
the kids, that can watch the attractions and animals while the adults
enjoy a relaxed atmosphere.
The Maksimir Park which houses the Zagreb City Zoo is located to east of Zagreb and is the city biggest park.
Trg Bana Jelacica
It is the intersection of many important streets and it is restricted as a pedestriam mall. No vehicles are allowed but it is accessible by tram.
The Tower of Lotrscak
You may see aan awe inspiring view of the city oned you climb up the tower. On top you’ll find a gift shop and an exhibition center.
For more information go to Zagreb Tourism
Mirogoj Cemetery among the Top Ten in Europe
Andautonia Archaeological Park
This archaeological site is located near the village of Scitarjevo, near Zagreb. These are the remains of the Roman City of Andautonia. The digs discovered that it was a rich and cultural center during their era.
While excavations are still going on, tourists are welcome to visit the Roman Ruins including colonnades, baths, streets. The city of Scitarjevo is also worth your visit.
Kamenita Vrata or Stone Gate one of the five gates in Gornji Grad which were built to guard Gradec. In fact it is the only surviving gate.
When a great part of the city was destroyed Stone Gate which was embedded with a painting of Mary and Jesus was miraculously saved. People still come here to pray.
I am sure you enjoyed our virtual tour of Zagreb, the Capital of Croatia.
City Center of Zagreb, the Capital of Croatia
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