Ban Jelacic Square is the central square of Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. It is named after Ban Josip Jelacic, a 19th-century governor who fought for Croatian autonomy from the Austrian Empire. The square is a popular meeting place and a hub of cultural and social events. It is also a pedestrian zone with many shops, cafes and restaurants.
The Ban Jelacic Square has a long history dating back to the 17th century, when it was a marketplace called Harmica. In 1848, it was renamed to honor Ban Jelacic, and a statue of him on a horse was erected in 1866. The statue was removed by the communist authorities in 1947, but restored in 1990 after Croatia’s independence. The square also features the Mandusevac Fountain, which is said to be the origin of Zagreb’s name.
To get to Ban Jelacic Square, you can take public transportation such as trams or buses that stop nearby. You can also walk from other parts of the city center, such as the Upper Town or the Dolac Market. The square is well-connected to other attractions and landmarks in Zagreb.
Some tips and tours for visiting Ban Jelacic Square are:
- Visit the square during different times of the day and night to see how it changes its atmosphere and activities.
- Explore the surrounding streets and alleys that offer more shops, galleries and museums.
- Join a free walking tour that starts from the square and covers the main sights of Zagreb.
- Watch the changing of the guard ceremony that takes place every Saturday at noon in front of the statue of Ban Jelacic.
- Enjoy a coffee or a meal at one of the many cafes and restaurants that line the square and offer a view of the lively scene.
Some prohibitions for visiting Ban Jelacic Square are:
- Do not litter or damage any property or monument in the square.
- Do not disturb or harass other visitors or locals in the square.
- Do not ride bicycles or skateboards in the square, as it is a pedestrian zone.
- Do not feed or touch any animals in the square, such as pigeons or dogs.
Some things to see in Ban Jelacic Square are:
- The statue of Ban Jelacic on a horse, which is a symbol of Croatian nationalism and history.
- The Mandusevac Fountain, which is a source of drinking water and legend.
- The Zagreb Cathedral, which is visible from the square and is the tallest building in Croatia.
- The Lotrscak Tower, which is located on a hill above the square and fires a cannon every day at noon.
- The Zagreb Eye, which is an observation deck that offers a panoramic view of the city from the 16th floor of a skyscraper.