After a delicious dinner with Roman, I wandered around the hotel for a little while to do some night shooting. I noticed that there were a lot of blue trams in the city. The Zagreb tram network consists of 15 day and 4 night lines and they operate on 116.3 kilometres of track. The first horsecar tram line was opened in 1891 and the first electric tram ran in 1910. In 2008, Zagreb's tram system transported 204 million passengers.
Earlier I had just grabbed my camera for the walk and came across another photographer setting up his tripod. We talked for a little while and he suggested that I go and get my tripod. So I set up the tripod and took a few photos of the trams in front of the hotel. In 2006, super-sleek futuristic-looking vehicles were introduced. After World War 1, blue became the standard colour scheme for the city's trams.
As you can see it had been raining.
Another shot taken in Ban Jelacic Square, just beside my hotel. This square has served as the city's commercial heart ever since 1641 when it was designed as a place where fairs could be held. Most of the buildings around the square date from the 19th century.
Finally it was time to head up to the room and try to get a good nights sleep since I had another full day of exploring Zagreb.
The Dolac is a farmer's market located in Gornji Grad (Upper Town). This market is the most visited and best known farmer's market in the city and is well known for its combination of traditional open market with stalls and a sheltered market below. Above, Roman is posing beside a bronze statue of a market woman at Dolac Market. I read that open-air food markets make up one of Zagreb's most attractive features and that almost every district in Zagreb has one.
A photo of a few of the many colourful stalls at the market. The daily market has been the city's major trading place since 1926. Farmers from surrounding villages come to sell their home-made foodstuffs and some of the freshest fruit and vegetables anywhere. As I was wondering around, I couldn't help thinking how much friendlier these farmers were than the ones in the Paris market. For that matter, people everywhere in Croatia were very friendly.
The market dates from the early 20th century, when the city authorities decided to tear down old houses on Dolac to make room for a modern marketplace.
We went in the sheltered market where many types of fish were being sold.
Roman's wife Sonja gives daily tours in Zagreb. Roman asked me if I would be interested in joining her afternoon tour and I jumped at the chance to learn more of the history of the city. Of course I should have been taking notes as it was a very interesting and educational tour. We spent a couple of hours walking around the old part of the city before having a late lunch.
The Zagreb Cathedral is a Roman Catholic institution and is supposed to be the most monumental sacral building in the Gothic style southeast of the Alps. The cathedral is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and to kings Saint Stephen and Saint Ladislaus. I read that this is the tallest building in Croatia and because of its height, its spires can be seen from many locations in the city. The cathedral was severely damaged in the 1880 earthquake. The restoration of the cathedral in the Neo-Gothic style was led by Hermann Bolle, bringing the cathedral to its present form. As you can see, the spires are now in the process of being restored as part of an extensive general restoration of the cathedral.
A reflection showing the cathedral.
As you can see there are also modern buildings in the city.
One of the street performers.
As we wondered around, I just photographed certain scenes that I found interesting. I really don't remember where some of the shots were taken since we covered so much territory.
This is a photo taken in St. Mark's Square, located in the old part of Zagreb called Gornji grad (Upper Town). In the centre of the square is St. Mark's church. The roof tiles decorated with the coats of arms of the Triune Kingdom of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia, and the city of Zagreb. The square also contains important government buildings such as the Banski dvori (the seat of the Government of Croatia), Croatian Parliament and the Constitutional Court of Croatia. St. Marks' Square constitutes the heart of the Upper Town.
Banski dvori is the name of this historical building on the west side of St. Marks' Square. It is the historical official residence of the Croatian Bans (governors) and currently is occupied by the Croatian government. It is now the seat of the Croatian government and also houses the office of the Prime Minister. Ban Josip Jelacic lived here and has a famous square named after him (where my hotel was situated). During World War II (1941-1945) it served as the office of Poglavnik and during 1945-1991 it was the official residence of the Presidency of Socialist Republic of Croatia.
The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia pictured above is the interpreter and guardian of the Croatian Constitution and is considered the highest judicial authority in Croatia because it can overturn Supreme court decisions.
A street in Upper Town.
The pastel coloured buildings made the city look very picturesque.