jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 76 [15 Apr 09] – Zagreb

Posted in Zagreb by jn82 on April 15, 2009

This morning, we followed one of two highlighted walking routes of Zagreb’s old city as listed in tourist information book we picked up from the hostel. We walked around mostly the part of the old city called upper town, as it is located on a slight incline, leaving the second route of lower town for tomorrow.

The weather was 20+ degrees with the sun shining fiercely, so it was actually pretty hot walking around. In spite of that, we could still appreciate the beauty of what the old city had to offer. Starting at the main square Trg bana Jelačića, we headed eastwards along Jurišićeva street and saw a few well known buildings such as the main post office, the former stock exchange, and the exhibition pavilion.

Trg bana Jelačića.

Main post office building.

National Bank of Croatia (former stock exchange)

Typical mammoth building in Zagreb.

Next on the walking route was along Vlaška street, where we walked past the statue ofthe famous Croatian poet and writer August Šenoa and got to the city’s landmark, Zagreb Cathedreal.

Statue of August Šenoa.

Zagreb Cathedral.

Some departed holy man everyone goes in to pray to.

After exiting the cathedral and walking westwards, we reached Dolac market which was just another of those open air markets selling anything from fresh produce to clothing and miscellaneous items.

Dolac market.

The next stop was to a pretty unusual one, a small chapel right smack inbetween an old city gate with roads running on either side. According to legend, a great fire consumed all the wooden elements of the Stone gate in 1731, except for the painting of the Bledded Virgin and Child, which was found in the ashes, miraculously survived. The legend itself inspired a belief in the miraculous nature of the painting, and many people still come to worship it.

Entrance to Stone gate.

The painting behind the metal grilles.

Such a weird sight seeing pews, burning candles and people praying under a gate along tarmac roads. Anyway, after the Stone gate, we headed westwards Kamenita street to another landmark of Zagreb, St. Mark’s Church. The church dates back to the 13th century, and has undergone reconstruction on several occasions. The multicoloured tiles on the left side of the roof represent the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Croatia, Dalmatia and Salvonia, while those on the right side represent the coat of arms of the city of Zagreb.

St. Mark’s Church.

Further on from here was Lotrščak Tower, the last point of the walking tour. We did not actually go up the tower because we could not be bothered as the sun was too strong to take any nice pictures of the city below.

Funicular from lower town to upper town (base of Lotrščak Tower).

Ilica street below.

For lunch, we went to this cheap place that sold Šiš čevapi, a grilled minced meat based dish with Bosnian and Macedonian origins, that is very popular in Zagreb because it is tasty and cheap. It was very nice, as the meat had lots of spice in it, but it was also pretty unhealthy as it looked pretty fat. Returned to the hostel early around 4pm after lunch as we wanted to just chill out for a bit.

Šiš čevapi.

Today’s pictures here.

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