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Ban Josip Jelačić Square (Trg bana Josipa Jelačića)

Zagreb In Your Pocket - Jelačić Square (Trg bana Josipa Jelačića)

This Austro-Hungarian styled square is the true centre of the city. There's a phenomenal variety of cafés, shopping, feeding and people watching everywhere. It was named after the impressive sculpture within its domain, that of Count Jelačić, his deadly steed, and a sword so pointy and sharp that it could poke your eye out. Our count's image has inspired a number of political outbursts: in 1947 it was dismantled and chucked into a corner somewhere because leaders found it overly representative of nationalism in the country. The year 1990 brought it back into its current place, this time leaders believing it perfectly nationalistic.

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20.04.2012
inga juraga
croatia,
Count Josip Jelačić - afetr whom the Sqare was built was a Captain working for the Family Habsburg -owners of the Empire. They used him to surpress the uprising of the Hungarian Citizens Revolution in 1848. He was a hero in Croatia and an enemy for the Hungrian people. Therefore in 1948 for the 100 years anniversary of Hungarian revolution his statue was removed from the Square.Later on because of his credit to Croatians the later Government returned his statue to the main square. In 1848 probably backed up by the Austrian roolers he abolished the serfdom in Croatia.
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