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29/10/2021

Zagreb Street Art Tour

Zagreb Street Art Tour

On October 28th we took a City tour for the purpose of learning about important cultural-historical sights and street art locations. We also visited the Zagreb 80's Museum.

We visited the most important cultural and historical sights: Ban Jelačić Square, Manduševac Fountain, Zagreb Cathedral, Dolac Market, Zagreb’s Upper Town, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church, Lotrščak Tower, Strossmayer Promenade and Funicular. Under the guidance of the History teacher Ms. Indira Brajčić and the Geography teacher Ms. Matea Jarić the students in question prepared an interesting site-specific lecture in order to teach other students about the culture and history of Zagreb. Our cultural-historical tour started at the Ban Jelačić Square – the centre of the city and the most popular meeting point of our residents. East of the statue there is Manduševac Fountain, bearing the legend on how the city got its name. According to one of the legends, one day a city ruler returned from the battle and asked a girl named Manda to scoop him some water from the lake saying: “Zagrabi, Mando” (Eng. Scoop it, Manda). And that is how the fountain came to be named Manduševac, and the city Zagreb.  Our next stop was the Zagreb's Cathedral, where we stopped to admire the cathedral’s impressive neo-gothic architecture.

Overlooking the main square, and in the shadow of the Cathedral is Zagreb’s most precious resource: the Dolac Market, called the belly of the Zagreb city. Here we could always feel the vibe of the town and experience local flavours. The popular 'kumice' or farmers’ wives, without whom Zagreb’s markets would not be the same, contribute to Dolac’s popularity. Passing through Dolac, the central market, we arrived to the Opatovina Park and Bloody Bridge. The Stone Gate, once the main entrance to the medieval town, was our next stop at the top of the Radićeva Street. We reached one of the jewels of Zagreb's architecture, St Mark's Church. After giving a quick look at the church’s vibrant and colourful rooftop tiles with coats of arms of the city of Zagreb and medieval Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia, we moved to the Lotrščak Tower and its famous Grič canon that daily with a bang used to announce noon to the citizens of Zagreb and their guests.

We visited the Zagreb 80's museum where we made a step into the apartment where everything remains the golden 80's. Highlights of the exhibition include authentic items such as an old-timer Zastava 750, moped Tomos, legendary video games Atari and Commodore 64 and toys produced by Mehanotehnika.

During our tour we explored some of the Zagreb’s main street art hubs learning about urban art and hidden parts of our city. We saw beautiful murals at the Student Centre, Pierottijeva Street, Dolac Market, Opatovina Park, Catherine’s Square and Zakmardi Stairs. Street art locations impressed us with their colour burst and we realised that city walls could be great canvases for displaying artistic work.

At the end we organised a picnic in one of the Upper Town parks – Vranicanijeva poljana enjoying the sunny weather and most beautiful panoramic view of the Croatian capital city. It was an entertaining tour – we explored the hidden side of our town and learnt a lot about its history.

 

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