Blood Bridge Street: A Reminder of Zagreb’s Unsettled Past

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Before Kaptol and Gradec united in 1850 into the city we know today, there was no friendship between them. On the contrary, one of the shortest streets in the center of Zagreb carries a somewhat eerie name that describes the relationship between Kaptol and Gradec  – Blood Bridge Street. The conflicts between these two neighboring cities date back to the 14th century, and Blood Bridge was recorded in historical documents only in 1667. During the bridge’s construction over the Medveščak stream, one side worked on the erection of the bridge, while the others demolished everything erected. On November 17, 1667, the residents of Kaptol tried to arrange their part of the bridge, but an armed conflict occurred, after which the name Blood Bridge was mentioned for the first time.

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