Trg Bana Jelacica, Zagreb, Croatia, 2011

Ban Jelacic, military commander
of Croatia, area under Austro-Hunagarian rule at the time,
died in 1859. It was seven years later that his monument was finally erected on this square named after him even before his death. Today it is a symbol of the Croatian resistance and freedom fight. Famous Vienna sculptor A. D. Fernkorn is author of this monument that dominates this square in so called lower city.
During the time after WW 2 monument was removed. For Zagreb citizens it was illogical and unnatural not to be there. After separation from Yugoslavia in 1990 it was returned and finally square felt complete again. Originally Ban Jelacic was facing north as a symbol of fight against Hungarian empire. Today it is facing south for "who knows what" reason.
Structures on the square are mainly from 19th and early 20th century. This was a location of the main city market for a long time and today it is meeting place and part of the downtown pedestrianized area that extends to Ilica main Zagreb shopping street. it is traversed only by the tramway, solution familiar to the citizens of several European cities, for example Nancy in France that we also visited this summer.

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sociability
10
ceremonial
uses & activities
9
religious
x
access & linkages
9
social
x
comfort
9
residential
image
9
court yard or traffic circle
tourist value
10
with park
x
total
52
street, shopping
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