Zagreb City Tour
Dolac Open Market
Plitvice Lakes National Park

After flight from Dulles to Frankford to Zagreb we arrived at the Regent Esplanade Hotel.

Opened in 1925 as a refuge for passengers from the Orient Express, it is considered the city's most iconic hotel.
Peggi in the park outside the hotel.
As it was All Saints Day we were unable to tour the Mirogoj Park Cemetery.

Our trip really began with a walking tour of the Upper Town.

St. Mark's Church was originally built in the 13th century but has been rebuilt several times since then.

On the roof tiles are the coat of arms of Zagreb (white castle on red background) and the coat of arms of the Triune Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia.
The Gothic composition of the portal consists of fifteen effigies placed in eleven shallow niches.

On top are the statues of Joseph and Mary with the infant Jesus, and below them St. Mark and the Lion. The Twelve Apostles are placed on both sides of the portal.
Ban's Palace was once the seat of Croatian viceroys and is now the presidential palace.

The building is composed of two baroque mansions and houses courts, archives and other government offices.

In October 1991 the palace was bombed by the federal army, in what some believe to have been an assassination attempt on President Franjo Tudjman.
We continued the walk along a promenade that nice views of Lower Town and modern Zagreb in the distance.

The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which seems to be mainly referred to as St. Stephen's is in the center of the picture.
We walked past a statue of St. George and the Dragon.

Saint George (c. 275/281 � 23 April 303) was a Roman soldier from Syria and in the Guard of Diocletian.  He was executed by Diocletian in 303 after refusing to renounce Christianity.

Apparently the dragon legend got attached to St. George in stories told after the Crusades.
Tim shakes hands with the street statue. 

I find these human statues to be a little creepy.   

This one was good.
The Zagreb Cathedral is the most monumental and the most impressive Gothic-style sacral building southeast of the Alps.

The cathedral was finished in 1217 and was consecrated by King Andrew II (1205 - 1235), on his way to the 5th Crusade.

As early as in 1242, Tartars destroyed the newly built cathedral, so Bishop Stephen II (1225 - 1247) had the Chapel of St. Stephen the Martyr erected for the cathedral mass services. This Romanesque and Gothic building is today incorporated in the Archbishopric's Seat.

Bishop Timotej (1263 - 1287) started building a new cathedral, integrating in it the remainders of the 'preTartaric' cathedral. He dedicated it to St. Stephen, a Hungarian king. 

The building has been rebuilt and repaired numerous times most significantly after an earthquake in 1880.
  This painting depicts the Assumption of Mary in to Heaven. 
The Dolac  open-air food and produce market.

 Zagreb, Croatia's capital, has 23 outdoor food markets or, as they are often called, �green markets�.

Located in Zagreb�s upper town, Dolac is the largest one of them; it offers the widest selection of produce from all regions of Croatia.
  The Croatian National Theater was completed in  1895.
Peggi and I made our way to the Museum of Arts and Crafts.

The Museum was founded in 1880 to protect works of art and craft against the new predominance of industrial products. The holdings consist of 19 collections of hand crafted articles.
  On the way to Plitvice Lakes National Park we stopped at an overlook near the village of Ratoke.

The same process of travertine deposition that creates the Plitvice waterfalls is at work here as well. 
Plitvice Lakes National Park consists of 16 lakes inter-  connected by a series of waterfalls.

The falls are created by a process of travertine deposition.  Essentialy calcium carbonate, dissolved as ground water moves through mountain caverns, is deposited on the surface building up barriers to the river.

This process is not unique to Plitvice but takes place at a grander scale here than anywhere else in the world.
  Our guide Jasmina leads our hike on the Plitvice trails. 
At the end of the trail we catch a boat to a small restaurant then another boat to get across the lake to the exit.
Sue and Sue Ellen enjoy some refreshment after the hike and climb out the the valley.
Noel, Sharon, Frank, and Joan do the same. 
  Tim and Sherry do likewise. 
Ed and LynAnn McGinn enjoy the rest and refreshment as well.  
Denise, Rick, Norman, and Judy converse with Jasmina about the trip and other things I'm sure.

We didn't have a group picture for the trip and I couldn't get good pictures at our restaurant dinners.  I could never get far enough away from the table to take them.

So this section at least shows most of the group members.
On the way back to Zagreb we saw several areas that were battle grounds during the 1991-1995 war.

This building is pockmarked with bullet craters.   

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