I ended my Eastern European trip back in Zagreb, as it’s a direct flight from here back home to Lisbon. There’s a lot to see in the city and on my return I wandered around Dolac Market. The largest farmer’s market in Zagreb, it’s origins date back to 1930, initially the market focused on produce from local farmers and nearby villages. Today it is known for it’s gastronomic produce, it is the place to buy Zagorje cottage cheese and cream; mandarins from the Neretva valley; lemons from the island of Vis; Istrian olive oil; cherries from Zadar and Slavonian meats.
The stalls on the upper level of the market, in the shadow of the cathedral, have characteristic red parasols, typical of the Zagreb region. The flower market is situated on the lower level in Petrica Kerempuh Square. Women from nearby villages who have traditionally sold their produce at the market are called ‘kumica’. They are the heart and sole of the market, replenishing it daily with their fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, corn bread and dairy products. A statue of a kumica stands at the entrance to Dolac, as a tribute to their indispensable role.
A monument to Nikola Tesla in downtown Zagreb, Tesla was born on 10 July 1856 in the village of Smiljan in the region of Lika in Croatia .
The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with it’s twin Neo-Gothic spires is the tallest building in Zagreb. Although parts of the cathedral date from the 13th century, an earthquake on November 9 1880, caused severe damage to the cathedral and stopped many clocks in Zagreb, the cathedral clock stopped at three minuets passed seven. Most of the cathedral’s structure, including its spires, dates from the late 19th/early 20th centuries.