Zagreb’s Statues: Honoring Croatia’s Cultural Icons

During my numerous walks around the city streets, squares and parks, I’ve visited many statues/monuments in Zagreb that honor famous Zagreb and Croatian writers, scientists, artists… It’s impossible to highlight all I’ve photographed so far, but here is a selection of a few.

St. George has earned two locations in Zagreb: one statue is next to the Stone Gate at the entrance to the Upper Town, and the other is near the Croatian National Theater building on the Republic of Croatia Square.

St. George near the Stone Gate
St. George on the Republic of Croatia Square

Not far away, we can see the monument of Marko Marulić which is in the company of the Croatian State Archives on the square bearing Marulić’s name.

One of the most famous statues is that of Antun Gustav Matoš, placed on the promenade with the most beautiful views of Zagreb  – Strossmayer Promenade.

While Matoš has the city’s most beautiful views, Tin Ujević is located in an intimate space on Varšavska Street. The intimacy is sole since it’s a small and cramped area, but given the number of people who pass by him daily, it definitely cannot be called intimate!

The monument to the most famous Croatian inventor of world renown, Nikola Tesla, is located at the junction of Preradovićeva and Masarykova/Tesla Street.

The statue of the most famous Zagreb market woman (Croatian kumica), Barica, is located at the top of the stairs leading to the most famous Zagreb market – Dolac market – which is known for its market women.

August Šenoa casually observes the happenings around him on Vlaška Street near Palmotićeva Street. This is one of my favorite monuments in the city. If you ask me why, I don’t know the answer. I like the statue and surroundings combined.

And finally, at the end of our list, we left one of the most famous Zagreb journalists and writers  – Marija Jurić Zagorka, situated almost at the beginning of Tkalčićeva Street.

So, what’s the most interesting statue you’ve seen in Zagreb?

Hi! My name is Ivan, and I'm an author of I have been photographing and exploring Zagreb for more than 15 years, and if you want to know more about me and, read the Introduction articles by clicking here.

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