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Tkalciceva Street - Zagreb
The very popular place for young people to gather & an ideal place for lunch or coffee brake. During the night a great number of night-clubs and discos are open until the small hours.
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The Croatian National Theatre
Ban Jelacic Square
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Beautiful Zagreb

The Mimara Museum
Ban Jelacic Square
Gallery Zagreb - Old Vlaska Street (Stara Vlaska)
The Croatian National Theatre
Beautiful Zagreb, the Croatian capital is an old Central European city and the largest city in Croatia (1,000,000 inhabitants). Zagreb lies at the bottom of Mount Medvednica (Zagrebacka Gora - 1035 m), and along the banks of the River Sava. For centuries Zagreb has been a focal point of culture and science, and now this charming city is the hub of the business, academic, cultural, artistic and sporting worlds in Croatia. A large city today, Zagreb owes most of its beauty and charm to the periods of Baroque, Classicism and Secession when its population was less than one tenth of what it is today. With a population close to a million and rapid development, it has retained the individuality of its charm, hospitality and a relaxed feeling that makes it genuinely a city on a human scale. 
Zagreb offers numerous museums, theaters, art galleries, churches, parks, gardens, picturesque markets, fairs, diverse shopping facilities, an abundant selection of quality craft products, coffee shops, restaurants, clubs, pubs, beautiful squares, boutiques, and a vernacular cuisine on every corner.
Zagreb is a popular choice for conventions, congresses and gala events. Its proximity to the major European cities, high quality hotels (22 hotels of all categories), many motels and pensions, wide choice of modern, well equiped ancillary facilities, variety of cultural life and entertainment, a pleasant climate, gourmet dinning and excellent wine have put Zagreb among the very top convention destinations.
Dating back to 1925, The Regent Esplanade Zagreb is one of the most famous and gracious buildings in Zagreb. The hotel has a long and distinguished history and is famed for its impeccably high standards of service. The Regent Esplanade Zagreb has been at the heart of Zagreb's social life since the day it opened and can count presidents, politicians, film and music stars among its many distinguished guests.
Hotel Regent Esplanade Zagreb
As in all great cities, the squares and streets of Zagreb are an outdoor theater. Some of the most attractive events are the traditional Folklore Review, the Zagreb Summer Festival and the Flora Art flower show. Street entertainers are putting on their own festival, there are also the Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Portugizac Wine Festival and New Year's Eve on Ban Jelacic Square.
Zagreb Fair (Zagrebacki Velesajam) - 505.000 m2, from witch 180.000 m2 closed exhibition space. The first large international exhibition was held in 1864 in Zagreb. It is no accident that Zagreb Fair has developed over many years to become the leading fair in this part of Europe and the eleventh largest fair in the world. Zagreb Fair is one of the founder-member of the Union of International Fairs (UFI) in 1925.
Zagreb is a cultural centre of Croatia with a dozen concert halls and 15 theaters at work, it is also a European centre for modern and alternative movements in culture (Zagreb Biennal, Eurokaz Festival of New Theatre, the Contemporary Dance and Performance Week of Zagreb, Animafest (Festival of Animated Films Zagreb), Pif etc).

The Croatian National Theatre - with its three ensembles, for drama, opera and ballet, is the shrine of Croatian culture and the gathering place for the city's cultural elite. Find about:
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The Cathedral is the most famous building in Zagreb. It is dedicated to the Holy Virgin's Ascension and to St. Stephen and St. Ladislaus and it is the largest ecclesiastical building in Croatia. It was built between the 13th and 18th centuries in the Romanesque style. 
At the end of the 15th  century Zagreb Cathedral became the most eastern cathedral of the West. It was a period of fortification. Cylindrical Renaissance towers were erected. Unfortunately, the most beautiful Bakac Tower was razed at the beginning of the 20th century. Today five round towers and one square tower still exist as part of the Archbishop's Palace.
After the earthquake damage of 1880, a Neo-Gothic basilica was built. In the cathedral lies a rich treasury of artistic items and the tombs of many of the greatest figures in Croatian history.
Zagreb Cathedral
Cemetery Mirogoj - (Groblje Mirogoj)
Cemetery Mirogoj (Groblje Mirogoj) - A unique composition of impressive arcade architecture, artistically shaped graves and park-like greenery, is among the most beautiful last resting places in Europe. Cemetery Mirogoj was founded in 1876 on the property of Ljudevit Gaj, leader of the Croatian national revival, and substituted eight local active cemeteries at that time. It was projected by architect Herman Bollé (1845-1926), a descended from a family of German architects who lived in Croatia for half a century and had a big impact in Zagreb with his works, especially with the reconstruction of the Cathedral and the construction of the magnificent Mirogoj Arcades (1917).
Park Maksimir is the biggest and most beautiful park of South East Europe and Zagreb's largest and most beautiful park. It is also a cultural and historic monument covering 316 hectares commissioned by Bishop Maksimilijan Vrhovec. This beautiful park was laid out in 1784 and is graced by an old oak forest, sunny open spaces, and romantic lakes. Originally intended to be a park in the French tradition, it was completed in 1843 under Bishop Juraj Haulik as a typical English landscape park. The park has several artificial lakes and one houses the Zagreb Zoo, which has the largest number of animals in Croatia. A long avenue leads to the central area of the park and a hillock where one finds a belvedere built in 1843. The Park Maksimir is also rich in other garden architecture dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Click on the image to see bigger picture.
Today's Zagreb has grown out of two medieval settlements Kaptol and Gradec that developed on neighboring hills. Ecclesiastical Kaptol and burgher Gradec often found themselves in conflict. Both settlements were surrounded by high walls and towers, remains of which are still preserved. The first written mention of the city dates from 1094, when a diocese was found on Kaptol. During the Turkish onslaughts on Europe between the 14th and 18th centuries, Zagreb become an important border fortress. The Baroque reconstruction of the city in the 17th and 18th centuries changed the appearance of both Gradec and Kaptol. 
Click in the image to see larger picture of the Funicular and Tower Lotrscak The Funicular built in 1888 is an attractive way of getting from the Lower City to the Upper City (Gornji Grad). The old city Tower Lotrscak, derives from the 12th century. From the top, a canon is fired every day precisely at noon.
The Stone Gate
The Stone Gate - one of the city's preserved medieval gates, dates from the 13th century. It has often been rebuilt. Today it houses the Chapel of Our Lady of the Stone Gate, patron saint of the city.
St. Mark Church
St. Mark's Church is the old Zagreb parish church. It dates from the 13th century and this claim is supported by the fact that a Romanesque window had been discovered at the southern facade as well as a blueprint of the chapel of St. Mark. Its interesting coloured roof was added in 1880.
The most valuable side of St. Mark's church is its southern portal, believed to have been constructed by the Parler family from Prague (19th century). The Gothic composition of the portal is made up of 15 statues placed in 11 shallow niches. At the very top are Christ and Mary with little Jesus, while underneath stands St. Mark with the lama. At the side there are the 12 Apostles ( four wooden statues had replaced the originals). Its artistic value and the number of statues makes it one of the most valuable Gothic portals in south-eastern Europe.
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