Equestrian Statue


This statue of Ban Jelačić, the 19th-century ban (viceroy or governor) who led Croatian troops into an unsuccessful battle with Hungary in the hope of winning more autonomy for his people, stood in the main square from 1866 until 1947, when Tito ordered its removal because it was too closely linked with Croatian nationalism. Franjo Tuđman’s government dug it up out of storage in 1990 and returned it to the square, where it stands today.

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1. Trg Bana Jelačića

Zagreb’s main orientation point and its geographic heart is Trg Bana Jelačića – it's where most people arrange to meet up. If you enjoy people-watching,…

2. Zagreb 360° Observation Deck

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Don't expect the dizzying heights of observation decks elsewhere: Zagreb's tallest central high-rise is a minnow in the skyscraper category. However, this…

3. Dolac Market

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Right in the heart of the city, Zagreb’s bustling fruit and vegetable market has been trader-central since the 1930s when the city authorities set up a…

4. Tortureum

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Horror buffs will love the display of 70-plus full-scale historic instruments of torture. But seeing, touching and trying out the 1792 guillotine replica,…

5. Archaeological Museum

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Spread over three floors, the artefacts housed here stretch from the prehistoric era to the medieval age. The 2nd floor holds the most interesting – and…

6. Galerija Nova

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This independent art space is run by the WHW (Što, Kako i za Koga?) curatorial collective, known for their probing of politically and socially sensitive…

7. Croatian Inventors Murals

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Electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla and Slavoljub Penkala, inventor of the mechanical pencil, are celebrated in these two murals cheering up the dowdy…