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Zagreb - the capital of Croatia

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Zagreb is the largest and the capital of the Croatian capital. Already A well-known story about the unification of two neighboring settlements Gradec and Kaptol from which it is formed today’s Croatia’s capital.

Zagreb today culture and the situation is one of the cities of Central Europe and represents the economic, cultural, administrative, and scientific center of Croatia. Zagreb is a special unique, territorial, administrative and self-governing unit that has the county status.

Attractions – Museums, Galleries

Art Pavilion, King Tomislav Square

Zagreb museums kept more than 3.6 million exhibits in more than thirty collections, public and ecclesiastical museums to private collections and galleries. Dozens of private small and large gallery is located in almost all parts of the city.

The Archaeological Museum in Zagreb (Zrinjevac 19) keeps nearly 400,000 artifacts acquired from disparate sources in a centuries-old period. The best known is the Egyptian collection with so-called. Zagreb mummy, which was wrapped in cloth with the oldest Etruscan inscription in the world (Liber Linteus Zagrabiensis).

From the most important art museums, the National Museum of Arts and Crafts (Marshal Tito Square 10), founded in 1880, in which the collection of historic furniture and crafts, and today the number of artifacts make the richest museum in Croatia. History Painting and sculpture from the 14th to the 19th century can be seen in the Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters (Zrinjevac 11) within the Academy and the Museum Mimara donation collector Ante Topic Mimara in Zagreb, which opened in 1987 in the building of the former gymnasium. The latter comprises 3,750 works from different cultures and civilizations. Museum of Modern Art (Hebrangova 1) is an art collection by Croatian painters and sculptors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Among the other art museums, there’s Atelier Ivana Mestrovic (Venetian 8) with sculptures, drawings and lithographs most important Croatian artists of the 20th century. Then the Croatian Museum of Naive Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, which is a new building opened in 2009 in Novi Zagreb.

In Zagreb there are two rich historical museum. City Museum (Opatička 20), founded the company Brothers of the Croatian Dragon, located in the restored complex of the former convent of the Poor Clares of the 17th century. The museum deals with cultural, economic and political history of Zagreb from Roman times to the present. There is also the Croatian History Museum in the Vojković (Matoševa 9).
From other museums, are important Croatian Natural History Museum, the Technical Museum and Ethnographic Museum. Valuable collections are kept and Croatian School Museum, Glyptotheque and Cabinet of Graphics.

The most visited exhibitions international artists offers Klovićevi yard, a hundred years of experience in this respect has the Art Pavilion.

Theaters

Zagreb-hrvatsko-narodno-kazališteThe first theatrical performances were held in Zagreb in the 18th century and the first theater building was built in 1833. Today in Zagreb there are twenty permanent and seasonal theater. Croatian National Theater, opened in 1895, has the highest prestige in the performance of historical works, drama, opera and ballet. Besides CNT are the most popular City Drama Theater, Comedy Theater Zagreb Youth Theater, Exit Theater and Kerempuh satirical theater. There are specialized theaters for children’s audience, while a few are located outside the city center and oriented to an audience of large urban districts (Centar, Dubrava). During the summer, a variety of the theater and concert events take place in the open air, and the most famous is the Zagreb Histrionic Summer on Opatovina.

Concerts and Festivals
Zagreb is the venue of several significant festivals, such as Animafest, World Animated Film Festival which is held in even years, after the International Folklore Festival, Theater Festival Eurokaz, this festival of contemporary dance.

Zagreb has a film festival Zagreb Film Festival, and it is particularly interesting ZagrebDox documentary film festival. Of the important exhibitions of recent visual expression, there is the Zagreb Salon. From music festivals, there is Zagrebfest, one of the oldest festivals of Croatian pop music, followed by a festival of avant-garde music, Music Biennale Zagreb every odd year and the Festival of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1996, the streets of downtown Zagreb held Cest is d’Best, an international multimedia festival of street performers. In summer are also held open-air concerts, mostly in the Upper Town (Summer in the Upper Town).

The most famous concert hall in Zagreb Concert hall, built in 1973 and named after the famous composer of the first Croatian opera Vatroslav Lisinski. Hall was the venue for the Eurovision Song Contest 1990. Bigger pop music concerts are held in the Sports Hall, and recently in the magnificent Arena Zagreb.

Among the other events is famous flower show Floraart (late July and early June), and the Old-timer Rally, which is held once a year. Particularly interesting is St. Mark’s Fair, ie. Fair of crafts and trades that originally held on St. Mark, once the main town square, and today the main square. Days of the City of Zagreb take place on November 16

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