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Bill in Croatia - ZAGREB

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A May 2003 trip to Zagreb by billmoy

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Quote: Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, with about a million inhabitants. Croatia is where the necktie, or "cravat", originated.

Bill in Croatia - ZAGREB

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Overview

Zagreb Photo, Zagreb, Croatia
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Zagreb is a bustling cosmopolitan city with various cultural attractions, which seem to draw more locals than travelers. To the average tourist, Zagreb does not offer the super-duper attractions like Dubrovnik or Split. However, its position as a capital city and political center in Europe warrants a bit of your time. Zagreb had developed from the combination of two hilly medieval areas, Gradec and Kaptol. Many of Zagreb's grander buildings stem from the 19th century, favoring a yellowish-peach exterior color scheme. My introduction to the city was a fruit market just north of the central train station. There were seemingly dozens of locals selling little baskets of fresh strawberries...Read More

Pizzicato

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Restaurant | "Bistro Pizzicato"

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This pizza place and bar is in a popular area in the Lower Town of central Zagreb, not far from the Academy of Music. The location is just south of Ilica, one of the main drags in Zagreb. Enter through an arched walkway into a courtyard plaza. We sat in this tranquil oasis that was partially covered with awnings, although we dined during a clear evening. Our table consisted of patio furniture, with reasonably comfortable chairs and a table topped by an umbrella. If the weather is poor or if you want a more clubby atmosphere, step to the indoor seating or the bar area for a beer or snack. The English menu is helpful, but it did not list the local beers. I prefer the lighter Ozujsko, a...Read More

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Pizzicato
Gunduliceva 4
Zagreb, Croatia

St. Mark's Church

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Attraction

St. Mark's Church Photo, Zagreb, Croatia
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St. Mark's Church is the visual centerpiece of Markov Trg, the most important square of Gradec. The square is surrounded by the Sabor (Parliament, constructed in 1908) and the Banski Dvori Palace (Presidential Palace, built during the 18th century). Other government and administrative office buildings are in the immediate vicinity. The distinguishing feature of this 13th century church is the bright and colorfully tiled roof that dates from the 19th century. The roof depicts the various coats of arms of Croatia, Zagreb, and the regions of Dalmatia and Slavonia. Even in the twilight hours, it is hard to miss the Lego-like quality of this roof. St. Mark’s Church has been renovated quite a bit over...Read More

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St. Mark's Church
Markov Trg
Zagreb, Croatia

Cathedral of the Assumption of Virgin Mary

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Attraction | "Cathedral"

Cathedral of the Assumption of Virgin Mary Photo, Zagreb, Croatia
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The main Cathedral of Zagreb is officially titled the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Its presence caps the hill district known as Kaptol, one of the two medieval towns that now form the heart of Zagreb (the other being Gradec). Known originally as St. Stephen's Cathedral in 1899, its pair of gracefully slender neo-Gothic towers is its signature element. It incorporates portions from a medieval cathedral on this site, which was unfortunately destroyed by an earthquake in 1880. The high but relatively simple interiors feature elements like frescoes dating from the 13th century, Renaisance-period pews, a Baroque pulpit, and altars made of marble. The Cathedral is ...Read More

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Cathedral of the Assumption of Virgin Mary
Kaptol
Zagreb, Croatia

Funicular & Nearby Landmarks

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Attraction | "Funicular and nearby landmarks"

Funicular & Nearby Landmarks Photo, Zagreb, Croatia
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If you are arriving at either of the central train or bus stations, and you are extremely pressed for time, then head for the hills! Walk in a northerly direction for about a mile or so. After a detour or two to stare at the buildings, statues, cafes and shops of the Lower Town, you will eventually reach the base station of the funicular railway, begun in 1888. The ride up is not the longest or the most dramatic, but it only costs 3 kuna (under 50 cents) to go up. Of course, if you are like me and arrive fresh-faced from the train station while armed only with a crisp 100 kuna note (worth about 14 US dollars), the man at the station may just wave you on for free. There are two small cabs, with o...Read More

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Funicular & Nearby Landmarks
Throughout Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia