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Old 07-07-2010, 01:48 AM
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Punto ZagrebDid you know? Many visitors of Zagreb call this city "little Vienna".

Although the surrounding area was inhabited already in the prehistoric times, the real history of our city starts with two medieval towns situated on two hills. One was Kaptol, always a town of priests, and the other one was Gradec, a town of merchants and craftsmen. With time the city of Zagreb expanded in all directions but today Kaptol and Gradec are historic center of Zagreb. Today with the population of almost 800,000, Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia and, as such, it is a political, economical, cultural and religious center of the country.
We start with our sightseeing on Kaptol, in front of the cathedral, the biggest in Croatia. Although it has a little more than a hundred years, it is an impressive neogothic structure. Passing through Dolac, the central market, we arrive to Tkal?i?eva Street, a place where a stream called Medveš?ak used to flow and whose many old watermills today are bars and restaurants. In Tkal?i?eva Street you will really feel the spirit of past and present times.
We will climb up Radi?eva Street to Gradec. We will first visit the Stone Gate, once the main entrance to this medieval town of merchants and craftsmen. In 1731 a great fire of Zagreb started here that damaged great portion of the town. But, in every bad thing there is something good: after the great fire inside the Stone Gate a little sanctuary to the Virgin Mary of the Stone Gate was constructed.
After giving a quick look at the second oldest pharmacy in Europe (1355), at the end of our climb there is one of the jewels of Zagreb's architecture - St Mark's Church with colourful roof with coats of arms of the city of Zagreb and the medieval Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia. Here we will also see the Palace of the Croatian Government as well as Sabor, the Croatian Parliament. Zagreb's St Mark's Square is a political center of Croatia.
Passing by the Museum of Naive Art and St Catherine's Church, the most beautiful example of baroque in Zagreb, our way leads us to Lotrš?ak Tower and its famous canon that daily with a bang announces noon to the citizens of Zagreb and their guests. From here you will enjoy the most beautiful panorama of the Croatian capital city. Do not forget to bring your cameras!
We will use Zagreb's funicular, 66 meters long and considered the shortest in the world, and descend from Zagreb's Upper to Lower Town. A short walk in the Lower Town will introduce you Ilica, famous shopping street 6 kilometers long and, as such, one of the longest in Zagreb. The Flower Square is also nearby as well as Zagreb's main square of Ban Josip Jela?i?. We finish our walk in front of Manduševac fountain. If you throw a coin to the fountain, a legend has it that you will return to Zagreb. We await you!

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