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Zagreb – The main town square among the 20 most beautiful in Europe

8 November 2011 No Comment

The main city square in Zagreb, Ban Jelačić Square, was listed among the 20 most beautiful squares in Europe, according to the research of one of the most popular Belgian blogs stedentripper.com. About a thousand blog visitors rated the European cities’ squares, and the central square in Zagreb, according to their grades was listed in 20th place. First on the list was the Grand Place (Grote Markt) square in Brussels, followed by the Red Square in Moscow, and Stanislas Square in the French city of Nancy. Also listed among the 20 most beautiful squares are: Trafalgar Square in London, the Marienplatz in Munich, St Peter’s Square in Rome and Piazza San Marco in Venice. The residents of Zagreb are proud of their main square, but it is always nice to hear that it has been appreciated by those who do not live in Zagreb.

Zagreb’s central square is dominated by the statue of Ban Jelačić by Dominic Fernkorn, now facing south. When the statue was first set on the square in 1866, it was facing north, towards Hungary. The statue was removed after the Second World War in 1947 and after Croatian independence was declared in 1990, it was officially returned to the square. From 1947 to 1990 the square was called the Square of the Republic.

The square was not always located within the city, but was an empty field under the walls of the old town cores Gradec and Kaptol where foreigners that were denied entrance to the city moved about. With the expansion of the city on to Ilica and Stara Vlaška streets, Ban Jelačić Square became the central part of the city.

The Tourist Board of Zagreb

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