Croatia

1. A Panoramic Tour of Croatia:

Plitvice Lake, CroatiaPanoramic photography is a technique of photography, using specialized equipment or software, that captures images with elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. Panorama photos are normally shot by stitching  series of photos with sightly overlapping fields to create a panoramic image. This post contains a compilation of panoramic photos from Croatia, covering the capital city Zagreb, coastal town of Zadar and  the Plitvice Lakes. Read more…

2. Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb and the Orient Express:

Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb at nightHotel Esplanade the most iconic hotel of Zagreb, Croatia was built in 1925 to carter to the tourist on the luxurious Orient Express, which once operated between Paris and Istambul. Today the Orient Express has long stopped operating but Hotel Esplanade still remains the centre of attraction of Zagreb’s social life, offering unseen luxuries to its guests. including kings, politicians and artists. Read more…

3. Croatian National Theatre, Marshal Tito Square, Zagreb:

Croatian National Theatre (CNT), ZagrebCroatian National Theatre (CNT) or Hrvatsko Narodno Kazalište (HNK), is located in Marshal Tito Square (Trg Maršala Tita), considered as one of the most beautiful squares of Zagreb. Surrounded by lawns embedded with beautiful multi coloured  flower beds, the Croatian National Theatre is one of Zagreb’s most well known landmarks. The present building dates back to 1895 and was designed by Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer. Croatian National Theatre was inaugurated by the Austro – Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I. Read more…

4. Zagreb Cathedral, Kaptol, Zagreb:

Panoramic view of Zagreb Cathedral, Kaptol, ZagrebThe most prominent land mark of Zagreb, the twin spires of Zagreb Cathedral still dominates the Zagreb skyline. Located in Kaptol the Zagreb Cathedral dates back to 1217 but the present structure was built in 1906. Presently under restoration the southern steeple of the Zagreb Cathedral is today covered by a scaffolding. The exterior contains beautiful sculptured statues and stucco work. The interior is equally beautiful with intricate stained glasses, bass relief works, painting and beautifully calligraphy. Read more…

5. The Art Pavilion, Zagreb, Croatia:

The Art Pavalion, King Tomislav Square, ZagrebThe Art Pavilion in Zagreb, the first custom built art pavilion in south – eastern Europe, is located on the northern end of the King Tomislav Square, the South – Eastern square of the famous Lenuci Horseshoe (Lenucijeva potkova). The history of the Art Pavilion in Zagreb dates back to 1896. In May 1896 Budapest celebrated the Millennium Festival marking the 1000 years of the Hungarian statehood. After the end of the Millennium Festival in Budapest, the skeleton of the Croatian Pavilion was dismantled and send to Zagreb. The construction took two years (1897 – 98) and the Art Pavilion was opened to public on 15 December 1998. Read more…

6. Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Finest Cemetery of Europe:

Church of Christ the King, Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, CroatiaMirogoj Cemetery (Pronounced: Mih – rah – goy) is locted on the northern outskirts of Zagreb and on the foot of the Medvenica Mountains. Often considered as Europe’s finest cemetery and is a virtual who’s – who of Croatioan history as it contains the graves of many rich and famous Croatian. Mirogoj Cemetery was designed by the famous Austrian Architect Hermann Bollé, Read more…

7. St. Mark’s Church, St. Mark’s Square, Zagreb:

St. Mark's Church, St. Mark's Square, ZagrebSt. Mark’s Church, stands at the centre of the St. Mark’s Square (Trg Svetog Marka) in Upper Town (Gronji Grad) of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. The St. Mark’s Church dates back to the 13th century and has undergone several renovations, but the basic structure has remained the same. The star attraction of the St. mark’s Church is its roof, paved with multi- colored glazed tiles, depicting the coat of arms of Croatia and Zagreb. Read more…

8. Flea Market, Britanski trg (British Square), Zagreb:

Flea Market at the Hrelić on Sajmišna Cesta, ZagrebFlea Market can be described as a special type of bazar that rents it space to people who want to sell or batter old merchandise. Although not a very common concept in India, its an integral part pf every European city. Zagreb the capital of newly formed state of Croatia is no exception. The flea market at Zagreb is held at Britanski trg (British Square) every Sunday and sells any thing from use cars to second hand books and from vintage film cameras to long playing records. Read more…

9. Six Squares of Lenuci Horseshoe:

Map of Lenuci Horseshoe, ZagrebLenuci Horseshoe is a U – shaped belt of squares and parks designed by engineer Milan Lenuci, in the late 19th century.Consisting of six squares (Marshal Tito, Mažuranić, Marulić, King Tomislav, Strossmayer and Zrinski), the Lenuci’s Horseshoe forms the core part of Zagreb’s lower town. The Lenuci’s Horseshoe actually consists of two wings, Western and Eastern, with three squares in each. The two wings are connected by Zagreb’s Botanical Garden, Hotel Esplanade, Starčević Square and Glavni Kolodvor. Read more…

10. Street Art Museum, Graffiti Wall, Zagreb:

Zagreb Street Art Museum, Graffiti Wall, Branimirova Street, ZagrebThe Zagreb Street Art Museum (MUU) is open 24 X 7 and entry is free. The museum consists of a series of graffiti art, on the walls, along the Branimirova Street, Zagreb. The art displayed on the walls of Branimirova Street is a result of a art contest in which 117 artist participated, out of which 83 pieces were selected to be replicated on 450 meter long wall along the Branimirova Street. Read more…

11. Bell Tower, St. Anastasia’s Cathedral, Zadar:

Panoramic view of Zadar and Adriatic Sea from the Bell Tower of St. Anastasia’s Cathedral, ZadarThe 56 meter high, bell tower of the St. Anastasia’s Cathedral is located in the extension of the Northern aisle of the cathedral. The construction of the bell tower happened in two stages. The first stage was in the second half of the 15th century AD while the second was during 1891 – 93. The views from the bell tower are simple fascinating. The deep blue Adriatic coupled with the dazzling red rooftops of Zadra creates an amazing scenery. The Bell tower also offers a great view of the Zadar harbour, housing all kinds of fishing boats and ships. Read more…

12. King Tomislav Square and Glavni Kolodvor, Zagreb:

Architectural details at Glavni Koldovor (Main Station) entrance, ZagrebArchitectural details at Glavni Koldovor (Main Station) entrance, ZagrebGlavani Kolodvor or the main railway station, in Zagreb is a architectural delight. It is located on the southern end of King Tomislav Square, named after Croatia’s first king, King Tomisalav. A horse mounted statue of King Tomisalav greets visitors, who arrive at Zagreb by train. Near the square is the famous Hotel Esplanade, built to house guest from the iconic Orient Express. On the southern end of the square stands the Art Pavilion of Zagreb. Read more…

13. Walking tour of Zagreb Upper Town (Gronji Grad):

Zagreb Cathedral, Kaptol, Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is divided into two parts, the upper and lower town. Both the towns are best explored of foot. The upper town of Zagreb, known as Gronji Grad, is further divided into two parts. The larger western section was known as Gradec and was mainly inhabited by farmers and merchants. The smaller eastern section was known as the Kaptol and housed the Zagreb Cathedral and was inhabited by the priests and clergy men. Read more…

14. Plitvice Lakes:

Plitvice Lake, CroatiaPlitvice Lakes in Croatia is a set of 16 amazing lakes interconnected by a series of waterfalls, rivulets and subterranean channels. They are separated by natural dams or travertine, which is deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria. Plitvice Lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green and from grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. The Plitvice Lakes National Park was founded in 1949 and happens to be one of the oldest National Parks in south eastern Europe. Read more…

15. Samobor, an amazing country town in northern Croatia

Samobor 1Natural surrounding, medieval architecture, hiking trails and last but not least an amazing gastronomic experience makes Samobor, one of northern Croatia’s most preserved country towns. The sleepy small hamlet is located at a foot of green hill called Tepec and gurglingGradna stream  meanders through the town. There are numerous walks and day trip from Zagreb is enough to explore the quiet little town of Samobor. Read more…

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