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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb got its start as two medieval fortress towns, Kaptol and Gradec, at top hills overlooking the Sava River, and was reborn in the Baroque period as center of business, perfectly located on routes connecting Central Europe to the Adriatic Sea. These days, Zagreb is the heart of contemporary Croatia’s culture, art, sports, and academics, but its history is not forgotten. The unique blend of medieval towers, 19th century palaces, open-air markets, and ancient cathedrals, make Zagreb the perfect city to explore.


Although most buildings in this area do not originate from the Middle Ages but from the 18th century, they nevertheless display the continuity of medieval urban settlements. The existence of Kaptol the settlement on the east slope was confirmed in 1094, when King Ladislaus founded the Zagreb bishopric. The bishop, his residence and the Cathedral had their seat in the southeast part of the Kaptol hill.

Zagreb, Croatia is a city with a rich history dating from Roman times to the present day. The oldest settlement in the urban area of the city is Andautonia, a Roman settlement in the place of today's Ščitarjevo. The name "Zagreb" is mentioned for the first time in 1094 at the founding of the Zagreb diocese of Kaptol, and Zagreb became a free royal town in 1242.

There are couple of legends about Zagreb's name.One of them says Zagreb got it's name from a chance meeting at the square,when a viceroy called out to a beautiful girl standing near the well:„Manduso, ZAGRABI (scoop)“,and that is how the well came to be named Mandusevac and the town – Zagreb.

Ban Jelačić Square

St. Mark's Church

These days, Zagreb is a bustling city with many sights, museums, galleries, bars and restaurants, and not forgetting the all important „cafe society“ .The city is well worth a visit, whether on a city break or as a part of a longer holiday combined with Croatia's coastal delights.

Mimara Museum


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