Ban Jelačić Square
Ban Jelačić Square, Zagreb, Croatia
Ban Jelačić Square Zagreb Reviews
The city center of Zagreb Sep 10, 2012
I truly enjoyed the livelihood of the Ban Jelačić Square, a square that actually is the center of Zagreb Downtown pedestrian zone and the most common meeting place for people in Zagreb. The square is not that old compared to many other city centers, as it has only existed since the 17th century when it was named Harmica.
The surrounding houses are not uniformed as it features buildings belonging to many different architectural styles like classicism, secession and modernism. The oldest standing building is situated at 18 Ban Jelačić Square, which was built in 1827.
The square features a large statue of ban Josip Jelačić on a horse, created by Austrian sculptor Anton Dominik Fernkorn. The statue was originally installed in 1866 by Austrian authorities, despite protests from Zagreb councilmen. The statue was then oriented towards the north, with Jelačić’s sword raised against Hungary, to commemorate his battle against Hungary in the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.
The statue was removed in 1947 as the new Communist government of Yugoslavia denounced Jelačić as a "servant of foreign interests". Antun Bauer, a curator of the Gliptoteka gallery, kept the statue in the gallery cellar not knowing that it would find its way back again some 40 years later. The square was the renamed Trg Republike (Republic Square), just like many other main squares in large cities all over Eastern Europe.
After the breakup of Yugoslavia and the elections in Croatia in 1990, Jelačić's historic role was again considered positive and the statue was returned to the square from it hidden location in the basement but this time on the north side of the square and facing the south. The name of the square was changed back again after Josip Jelačić to his second name.
Part of the Balkan Roadtrip 2012 - 5850 km travel blog
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