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Ban Jelačić Square

Admire a range of architectural styles, watch street performers and browse the stalls of a Christmas market at this lively square. 

Ban Jelačić Square (Trg bana Jelačića) is the focal point of Zagreb’s modern-day city center. Grand works of architecture give it a regal aura while cafés offer superb people-watching opportunities. Visit Ban Jelačić Square to experience the atmosphere of the city’s commercial heart. Attend cultural events such as concerts and advent markets.  

The square dates back to 1641. Listen for older local residents calling it by another name. After serving for many years as Zagreb’s main marketplace, known as Harmica, it was named Ban Jelačić Square in 1848. This honored the distinguished military general Count Josip Jelačić. Another change after World War II saw it called Republic Square. It returned to its current name in 1990. 

Marvel at the palace-like landmarks that frame the square, most of which were built in the 19th century. They display a blend of Biedermeier, art nouveau and post-modernist styles. An equestrian statue of Count Josip Jelačić by Austrian sculptor Anton Fernkorn stands in the square’s center. It originally faced north as a reference to the Jelačić-led battles against Austro-Hungarian invaders. 

Look on the east side of the square for the Manduševac Fountain. It sits above a spring, which once provided drinking water to Zagreb. A legend states that a meeting between a Croatian military leader and a local girl gave the city its name, coming from the Croatian word for scoop, zagrabiti. The soldier asked the girl to scoop up some water from the spring.

Enjoy the square’s colorful daily activity from the comfort of a café terrace. Watch as friends meet to chat and be entertained by street performers. Arrive in December to experience the welcoming atmosphere of the Advent in Zagreb Christmas market. Sample festive pastries, shop for handicrafts, sip mulled wine and listen to carol concerts. Don’t miss the huge wreath that festoons the fountain. 

Ban Jelačić Square is easy to reach via Zagreb’s tram system. You’ll find other major city attractions just a short walk away, including Dolac Market and Zagreb Cathedral. Ask at the tourism office on the east side for information about concerts and big-screen sporting events.


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