Zagreb

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Done with this part of town, we can now stroll down through Trg ban Jelačić and onto Zrinjevac with its greenery, buildings, and statues of city icons to explore. Tops for happy snaps and the good old Polaroid! Here, you can begin exploring the park complex in the city centre called the Lenuci's horseshoe (sometimes referred to as The Green Horseshoe). Lenuci was a forward thinking urban planner who came along at the end of 19th century and was instrumental in creating the series of parks which today bear his name. If you look at the B/C-3/4 region of the map at the back of this publication, you'll see an unmistakable green U-shape that explains the name, famous both for the green spaces and the architecture inside of it. The west leg (B-3) is comprised of three squares: Trg Maršala Tita with the Baroque and unmistakably yellow Croatian National Theatre, as well as the Arts and Crafts Museum (Muzej za umjetnost i obrt), a museum which focuses on the lifestyle of the pampered aristocracy through the ages. Expect to see amazing furniture, artwork, dinnerware, and much more; Mažuranićev trg and Marulićev trg with beautiful art nouveau buildings, and the State Archives. The southern leg (B/C-4) is entirely comprised of the wonderful Botanical gardens. This glorious return to nature is home to over 10,000 plant species, numerous park benches, lily pads galore, and ducks that quack. The east leg (C-3) is also made up of three squares: Trg kralja Tomislava with its Art Pavilion (Umjetnički paviljon), a building with brilliant yellow exterior which woos you to it. Inside you'll find a superb home for all kinds of domestic and international art; Strossmayerov trg with the Gallery of Arts and Sciences; and of course glorious Zrinjevac with its exquisite Music Pavilion. And it is here that you will find the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, and within its walls you will see perhaps the most famous relic in Croatia, Zagreb’s own Mummy! The mummified body from Thebes was bought by Mihael Bari in Egypt in 1848-49, which you may think seems perfectly reasonable, yet the mummy is Etruscan and had no business being across the Mediterranean. The Etruscans controlled large parts of west Italy, including modern day Tuscany, from around 8 to 5 B.C. and only the basics of their language, which is pre-Indo-European, are understood. The Zagreb Mummy, like many celebrities, is actually more famous for her clothes than her personal talents. After her owner died it was discovered that the bandages the mummy was wrapped in are strips of a book made of linen. This book is the longest preserved text in the Etruscan language and appears to be something similar to a liturgical calendar. The mummy is on permanent display but her bonds are locked away and only revealed to experts. The Modern Gallery is here too, located in the Vranyczany Palace built during the 1880s, and it hosts permanent exhibits featuring more than 750 works of modern and ultra-modern art from painters, sculptors, as well others who work in new media. Don't miss: A portrait of the daughter of Samuel Berger a painting created by Vlaho Bukovac, one of the most renowned Croatian painters. For good reason are these squares of parks worshipped by locals, tourists, and animals of all types.

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