My entire vacation and trip was a walk down the memory lane. I was in Rijeka and Gorski kotar 3 times during 2007. but they were short stays – twice when my cousins got married and once when my uncle died. Since 2003. this was my first 2 weeks long stay. Once again I had the opportunity to remind myself on the happiest days of my youth.
My first stay was in Zagreb. As some of you know, Zagreb is a capital of Croatia. This is probably the only city from former Yugoslavia that remind me on Belgrade, the place where I live (actually, I live in Zemun, but two cities are connected and make, say, "metropoliten area" 😆 ) I have visited some of the biggest cities in Balkan but Belgrade and Zagreb has the same "scent". People think and behave in similar way – I could recognize that in everyday life, while sitting in a tram, walking on the street, buying things in shop. It is just the same.
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My cousin and his wife were kind enough to let me stay a week in one room in their appartment. Since they are both employed, I had the most of the day for myself to do what I want and go where I want. In past, I have never stayed in Zagreb longer than 3 days – it was just an occassional stop on my way to Rijeka or Mrkopalj, a village in Gorski kotar where my grandma and uncle leaved.
So I organized my time the best I could. My cousins live about 15 minutes from centre by tram and start for almost all of my sightseeing tours was from Trg Bana Jelačića – the very centre of Zagreb.
Kaptol, as oldest part of Zagreb was a first plce to start from. First time mentioned in 1094. when Hungarian king Ladislaus made a settlement on east slope of the hill, Kaptol soon became the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop of Zagreb. It got its name after Latin word "capitulum" which means "canon" – back then there was a body consisted of 32 canons who ruled a settlement. Fortified settlement Gradec was built in a nearby hill. In 1242. both settlements came under attack of Tatars when they were damaged but rejected them.
Lotrscak Tower, Gradec
As a gratitude for offering him a safe place from Tatars, Hungarian and Croatian King Bela IV gave Gradec autonomy and its own judicial system. Also, after the legend, he left there a cannon under one condition: to fire every day in a noon so that it did not rust. From 1877. a cannon is fired from the Lotrscak Tower on Gradec to mark midday. And I discovered that this condition is still followed. I forgot about it, it was almost 20 years since I heard it last time – I was all :eyes: when it fired…
St. Mark's Church
A beautiful St. Mark's Church is located on the center of Gradec which is today a political and government center of Croatia. Church is recognizable by its roof with two coat of arms: of City of Zagreb on a right and of Triune Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia, and Dalmatia on the left side.
Located on the left from Lotrscak tower, there is another symbol of a city – electric funicular. Made in 1890. it was operational since 1893. and, at the beginning, it was powered by steam engine but in 1934. it was replaced by electrical one. Funicular connects upper and down town of Zagreb. It consists of two cars for 28 passengers each. Height difference is 30.5 meters (100 feet) and it needs 55 seconds to cross that distance.
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