Jelacic Square More about
Located in the heart of Zagreb, Jelacic Square is the beautiful city center which is exactly in the middle of lower town and upper town. It is surrounded by elegantly designed buildings. Few meters south to it is the famous Dolac Market of Zagreb. The Dolac Market is walking distance away.
The Jelacic Square is easily accessible through trams. This is also a connecting point to the whole city and an event hub with busy afternoons and evenings. It is a very busy pedestrian zone in the downtown.
This place was previously known as Harmica. Later, in 1848, it was officially renamed in the honor of the great military general and leader, Ban Josip Jelacic.
The statue of this hero of Croatians was made by the Austrian sculptor Anton Dominick Ritter Von Fernkorn and was placed in the city center in 1866. Then the communist government of Yugoslavia removed it from its place in 1947 because it was looked at as a symbol of nationalism. But the hero of Croatia is considered as a traitor by the neighboring country Hungary.
In 1990, the statue was re-erected and replaced to the location where it is seen now. Since then it stands still and is a matter of pride for its nationals. This is the reason why the Statue of Ban Jelacic holds a great sentimental value for the Croatian local people. The place has an Austrian-Hungarian feel to it.
There are a constant buzz and vibrancy that makes it a very popular hangout place for the people of all age groups, tourists and locals alike. This city hub is vivid and phenomenal in that you will almost always find some event, fair, or music, traditional dancing going on here. Alternatively, you can simply enjoy people watching, shopping, great variety of food and drinks in the restaurants and cafes surrounding it and take a stroll. Usually, it’s a pretty busy place as it’s a common hangout zone for locals and travelers. Due to it being a joint point from local trams, it gets busier in the evenings.
Primarily known for its famous statue of the military general Ban Jelacic sitting on a horse holding a sharp sword in hand, constant buzz and vibrancy, Jelacic square makes a perfect place to view nightlife of the city!