JEWISH TOUR OF ZAGREB

Zagreb, the capital of Croatia with a 1000 years of history, friendly people and beautiful parks, will surprise you with it’s rich and fascinating Jewish history.

DID YOU KNOW? Chaim Bar Lev, Fiorello La Guardia, Academy Award (Oscar), Valium, Theodore Herzl, Goodyear Blimp – all have Croatian Jewish connection…discover it with us!

Take a walk through ages, starting at 11th century foundation of Zagreb, over to the 14th century and the first arrival of Jews to Zagreb, through the golden years of late 19th and early 20th century, when Zagreb developed rapidly, with Jewish community reaching it’s peak – just before almost completely perishing in the Shoah.

We will visit Mirogoj, one of the most famous cemeteries in Europe, designed in 1876 by Herman Bolle, including it’s Jewish section, that tells the silent story of the Zagreb Jewish community.

The Zagreb Synagogue (Croatian: Zagrebačka sinagoga) was built in 1867. by the architect Franjo Klein, it was the central institution of Zagreb Jews, until destroyed by the pro-nazi Ustashe during the Holocaust in 1941.

In 1890. Eduard Prister donated the music pavilion to the city. It is located in the middle of the Zrinjevac park (Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square), near the Ban Jelačić Square

Count Josip Jelačić von Bužim (16 October 1801 – 20 May 1859) was the Ban of Croatia (1848 – 1859) and a noted army general. We remember him for his abolition of serfdom in Croatia and military campaigns during the revolutionary years of 1848 and 1849. Croatian Jews mostly took his side – he supported the idea of civil rights of the Jews. Central square of the city is named after him.

Uspinjača connects Zagreb’s Upper and Lower Town and it is known as the shortest funicular in the world, only 66 meters long. Uspinjača connects Zagreb’s Upper and Lower Town and it is known as the shortest funicular in the world, only 66 meters long. It has been in operation since 1893.

Zagreb’s Upper Town (Gornji Grad) has a rich history and you will hear the story about two hills: Kaptol and Gradec. Explore old little streets, visit museums and galleries and enjoy the view of the Zagreb.

Historic Zagreb towers, sunrise view

We will visit Mirogoj, one of the most famous cemeteries in Europe, designed in 1876 by Herman Bolle, including it’s Jewish section, that tells the silent story of the Zagreb Jewish community.

Cementery lanes will lead you through our history and Arcade are the last resting place of many famous Croatians: politicians, writers, poets, sculptors…

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