Travel Destinations: Zagreb, Croatia

Lian Slayford By Lian Slayford, 2nd Feb 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/p5o_lyyo/
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This article explores the popular tourist destination in Croatia, Zagreb.

Travel Destinations: Zagreb, Croatia

Travel Destinations: Zagreb, Croatia

Croatia is fast becoming a popular tourist destination for Europeans due to the fact that it is cheaper, close to home and relatively unscarred from tourism. In addition to this, it is famous for its unspoilt beauty, friendly people and extraordinary history.
It is only recently that the city of Zagreb (the country’s capital) has emerged as a popular tourist destination. People flock to the city for its beautiful parks, interesting museums and wonderful restaurants.

Zagreb is home to roughly one million and located at the very edge of the Pannonian Plain, situated between the north Sava River and the southern slopes of Mount Medvednica. There seems to be long human occupation here, with evidence of a Neolithic community. The Romans are thought to have established a town here but was destroyed around 600 CE when Croatian tribes took it.

There are many attractions and things to do in this wonderful city. If you like walking, tour the city on foot. This is a great way to get the feel of this beautiful place. It has a vast range of parks, squares, museums and beautiful churches. Trg Bana Jelacica is at the very centre, giving you a wonderful example of Viennese Secessionist architecture. Nearby is the Tkalciceva. This is the main avenue in the old quarter and is bustling with people travelling to and from work.

Zagreb is home to some wonderful churches. Why not visit Crkva Svete Katerine (St. Catherine’s Church). This wonderful church was built for the Jesuit order between 1620 and 1632, and fashioned after Giacomo da Vignola’s II Gesu in Rome. When you come here, you can see exquisite examples of 18th century illusionist paintings.

If you like churches, Crkva Svetog Marka (St. Mark’s Church) is another wonderful tourist destination. The original building was constructed in the 13th century and the gorgeous baroque bell tower was later added in the 17th century. In the 19th century, the pitched roof was added. The tiles are decorated to depict the coats of Zagreb, the Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia.

Zagreb is home to some great museums. The Croatian Museum of Naive Art showcases art from an unusual school of paintings from the 1930s. You can see more than 1,600 paintings from uneducated peasant artists, most of who are from the village of Hlebine in Slavonia, but there are some wonderful examples of foreign artists who use the same method.

What about visiting the Mirogoj Cemetery? Take the number 106 bus from outside the maion cathedral (Katerdrala Marijina uznesenja i Sverog Stjepana) and experience this place. Located at the top of a hillside north of the city. This is the resting place of Franjo Tudjman, Croatia’s first president after its independence from Yugoslavia. The cemetery itself was designed by the celebrated architect Herman Bolle and opened in 1872. It is lined with beautiful horse chestnut trees and black marble tombstones. Although a sombre place, it is quite lovely to pay your respects and reflect on life.

There are many other places to visit in and around Zagreb. Sample the local cuisine at one of the dozens of great restaurants, travel the countryside outside the walls and then walk and revel in the history of the city. You will not be disappointed.

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Lian is a Research Archaeologist, specialising in Religious Archaeology.

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